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Cat ‘deliberately killed’ with firework in Harrow, RSPCA appeal

The RSPCA has issued an urgent appeal for information after a ‘horrifying incident’ in which a poor cat was deliberately killed by a firework in Harrow.

The beloved family pet, called Domino (4 years old), was last seen at the family home in Moorhouse Road, Harrow on Sunday morning (23 October). The owner of Domino was left horrified after she found part of her beloved pet scattered in her garden along with the remains of a firework.

The RSPCA is now investigating the incident and is calling on anyone who has any information to get in touch. The RSPCA also noted that Domino’s brother, Waffle, had also been missing all day Sunday as well – but returned home Monday morning and was behaving very nervously.


Domino’s owner had been outside looking for her cat, asking neighbours and calling her in the hope she would return home. But on Tuesday morning she made the horrifying discovery in her garden.

Parts of her body were found scattered around the garden, her fur had been singed and burned, part of her left-hand side was missing including the ribs and her head was also missing.

Items which looked like fireworks debris and plastic shrapnel pellets were also found all over the garden – along with a firework rocket. A firework stick and some firework pellets were also later found in a neighbour’s garden.

Cat 'deliberately killed' with firework in Harrow, RSPCA appeal Harrow Online
Credit: RSPCA

The family, who do not wish to be named, have been left shocked and devastated by the cruelty towards their beloved pet who they described as sweet and loving and skittish – and extremely beautiful and a much-loved family pet.


Her owner said that on Monday night, at around 10.30pm, she and a neighbour recalled hearing the sound of a firework and something similar to a scream.

And Domino’s owner had also seen a tall and slim figure of someone in her summer house at the bottom of the garden on that same night at around 8pm. It was dark so they could not make out the person – but whoever had been in there had also left the door open after they left. The summer house is where the cats would often be.

RSPCA Inspector Simon Hoggett is investigating this incident and said: “I am shocked and appalled by what has happened to poor Domino and my heart goes out to her poor owner and family.

“This was a wicked and cruel act towards a defenceless animal and I am keen to find the person responsible for Domino’s death.

“If anyone does have any information about this we would urge them to contact us on 0300 1234 999.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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