TWISTED thugs have SKINNED a cat in a sickening act of animal cruelty.
Shocked owner Beverley Stewart, 42, found pet Tink in her garden with its tail fur sliced off.
The horrifying attack comes just weeks after her other moggy Tuddles came home with a bald patch and cops were alerted about a suspected fire-raising at her porch.
Last night the distressed mum-of-four said: "I feel disgusted, physically sick. The tail was red raw.
"To do such a thing to a poor, defenceless creature is just barbaric.
"It looks like people have held down the cat and someone has cut round the base of his tail and pulled the skin off.
"Tink must have been screeching in pain."
The cat is recovering at home in Inverness but is still in agony. Vets may have to amputate.
Chief Inspector Andrew MacLean said police would investigate if the attack on Tink was linked to the other incidents.
He added: "It's despicable to go about deliberately injuring animals."
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