A lost kitten was rescued from a horrific fate when a Rockingham woman stopped a group of teenage boys from setting it on fire.
The disturbing events unfolded at Waikiki Beach on Tuesday, where the woman saw four boys torturing a three-month-old kitten.
She watched in horror as the boys threw the distressed pet to one another, before one of them lit a blowtorch.
The woman immediately stepped in and grabbed the kitten, her compassion earning her a tirade of abuse from the teenagers before they left the area.
After taking the kitten home and trying to calm it down, she handed it in to Shenton Park-based cat shelter, Cat Haven.
Cat Haven spokesman David Settelmaier praised the woman’s brave actions and said it was a particularly unsettling incident.
“With thousands of cats and kittens coming through our doors every year, we see many cases of neglect and abuse but this one has shocked us all,” he said.
“It’s unfathomable how young people could treat a defenceless animal with such utter cruelty and malice.”
He said the kitten, named Kiki by Cat Haven staff, had recovered well from the ordeal.
While Kiki was not microchipped or sterilised, she did have a tan-coloured collar, embossed with black hearts and attached to a silver bell.
“We urge anyone who recognises her to come forward and contact Cat Haven so that we can reunite her with her family,” he said.
“We’re glad Kiki is safe, and we hope she can return home soon or find a new home from our shelter, where she can be treated with all the love and dignity she deserves.”Anyone with information is asked to call Cat Haven on 9442 3600.
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