SADISTIC thugs hanged a pet cat in its owner's garden.
They used a shoelace to hang six-year-old male Siamese cat Mosher from a fence at the house at Main Avenue, Cowlersley.
The horrified owner, who has asked not to be named, spotted her pet when she looked out of her kitchen window.
Animal charity the RSPCA has branded the incident as sadistic.
RSPCA inspector Susie Micallef, who is investigating the incident, said: "This is a very nasty act of cruelty. It was obviously very distressing for the cat's owner.
"The owner has had the cat since it was a kitten. It's unthinkable that anyone could be so sadistic.
"This cat will have suffered a very stressful and traumatic death."
The incident is the latest in a series of sickening attacks on pets on Huddersfield.
Last November Callum Myers, 18, of Ibbotson Flats, Southgate, Huddersfield, was locked up for feeding a cat to his Staffordshire bull terrier.
CCTV caught him dangling the defenceless tabby cat, Tigger, in front of his dog, Gypsy.
In December Steven Robinson, 19, of Pennine Gardens, Linthwaite, was given a community order for trying to blow up a dead dog with a firework.
Ms Micallef said she had dealt with other cases of cats being hanged.
But this one was especially bad because it happened in the owner's garden.
She added: "There seem to be more and more incidents of mindless violence against animals being reported."
There is currently little evidence to indicate who killed Mosher.
Ms Micallef added: "We are appealing for people to come forward with information to help with our inquiries, and hopefully we can find the person or people responsible."
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0870 5555 999. Calls are confidential.