A CAT suffered severe injuries after she was left tied to a fence.

The RSPCA has now launched an investigation after the shocking discovery.

Tinker the cat had been missing and was found on Monday, August 19, tied to a fence by a lead in school grounds at the back of Crown Street, Farington, in Leyland.

RSPCA Inspector Susie Micallef said: “The cat had been missing for two weeks when some local teens playing at the field heard crying and found her tied to a fence and took her to a local vet.

“Tinker’s tail was badly injured and there were maggots on the wound, so vets had to amputate it.

“She also had a neck wound from the lead around her neck, as she’d been pulling and trying to escape, the noose had tightened and caused a nasty injury all around her neck.

“Luckily, she was microchipped, so we were able to contact her owners who said she’d been missing for two weeks.”

Tinker needed to have her tail amputated and requires ongoing treatment for the wound to her neck and another wound on her side.

The RSPCA has now launched an investigation into how one-year-old Tinker came to be injured and why she’d been restrained in such a way.

Susie added: “It seems someone has deliberately tied poor Tinker to the fence.

“It seems she had probably suffered her tail injury before being tied up so would have required veterinary treatment.

“And yet, instead of seeking help, someone has restrained her and left her to fend for herself.”

The RSPCA are now appealing for anyone that knows anything or saw something suspicious in the area around the primary school or who knows who may be responsible for this to call 0300 123 8018.