RSPCA Victoria has praised the efforts of the passerby, who contacted the agency and took the cat to a local vet clinic.
“This was a horrific act of animal cruelty and our thanks go to the person who found the animal and reacted quickly allowing the cat to avoid further suffering,” said RSPCA inspector Kate Davies.
After being assessed and treated by veterinarians, the cat is now in the care of RSPCA and expected to make a full recovery.
Ms Davies said although it appeared the tabby did not suffer any permanent damage, he would have been in “significant physical pain” and experienced “mental distress”.
Apart from the location of where the cat was dumped, inspectors have very few clues about where the cat came from, and who might have been responsible for the cruel attack.
It is not yet known how old the cat is, or how long he had been left at the site.
“We are asking anyone who recognises the cat or has information about this incident to please come forward to help us identify the person or persons responsible for this act of cruelty,” Ms Davies said.
A spokeswoman for RSCPA Victoria said while instances of this type of cruelty were not common, they were not unheard of.
The RSPCA spokeswoman said that they had neither seen an increase in cruelty reports, or surrenders during the coronavirus outbreak, and they “don’t expect to”.
“The process we go through for people to adopt is the same for people whether we’re in shutdown, a normal period or Christmas time,” she said.
She said the adoption process at RSPCA was strict, and that people are screened to make they are matched with the right home.
The circumstances around the dumping of this cat are unknown.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call 03 9224 2222, or visit rspcavic.org.au to make a report.
Rachael Dexter is a journalist & audio video producer at The Age.