1. Business owners in the Rusholme area of Manchester are concerned that the recent discovery of a bin bag containing severed cats’ heads could damage the area’s reputation.
Engineer James Robinson told the Manchester Evening News that on Thursday evening he found “about five cats’ heads” in a bag dumped on Walmer Street East.
2. The street is just off Wilmslow Road, a popular area known for its many restaurants.
Manchester city council has subsequently launched an investigation into the “distressing and sickening incident”.
And Greater Manchester police told BuzzFeed they had logged the event but were not investigating.
3. Members of the Rusholme Business Association have now spoken about the implications of the gruesome discovery.
Wasif Choudhury, vice chair of the association, told the MEN: “From the point of view of the association, we are concerned that this could tarnish the reputation of the area.”
Restaurateur Shabir Mughal, the owner of Spicy Hut, added: “I have my regular customers but I am concerned that tourists coming through here may get the wrong impression.
“I am an animal lover myself, and I would say to the people who have done this and to the people who are trying to damage the image of Rusholme that we are still here and you can’t stop us.”
4. A Manchester city council spokesman said it was the first incident of its kind they were aware of, and was being treated as an “extreme example of animal cruelty”.
RSPCA chief inspector Cathy Hyde said: “Thankfully, reports like this are extremely rare and we will liaise with the local authority to look into this further.
“I would appeal for anyone with information about this call the appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave me a message.”