Missy was known around her Hampshire, UK town as the “bus stop cat” who greeted passengers as they waited for the 39 to arrive. But when Missy, a 13-year-old “ginger,” returned home late last week, owner Richard McCormick noticed she was bleeding from the mouth.

He rushed Missy to the vet, but it was too late to revive her battered body. Almost all of her teeth had been knocked out, and she suffered a broken jaw and fractured skull.  The cat’s injuries indicated that she had been kicked.

“It seems like somebody has given her a kicking which obviously isn’t a very nice thing to do,” said Mr. McCormick. “When the bus shelter was installed she would go down there and sit on the bench every day. Missy loved the attention and was so friendly towards people who were waiting for the bus – I’m sure people liked stroking her as they waited.”

“The bloody swine, how can anybody do that to a poor little animal?” he added.

Mr. McCormick’s daughter, Karen Wells, called the police on Saturday, but the attacker(s) have yet to be identified. Police are asking anyone with information is asked to call police — dial 101 in the UK —  and refer to case number 44160045690.

Community members who knew Missy are expressing their devastation on social media, along with pleas to locate whoever is responsible.

#LeighPark We continued to appeal for any information whatsoever on the vile and brutal attack on Missy, the Bus Stop…

Posted by Spotted Portsmouth on Sunday, January 31, 2016

The neighborhood has rallied together to mourn Missy’s death, and on Monday the bus stop bench was covered in flowers, drawings and other tributes to honor the beloved cat.

“My grandaughter has just put her tribute on the bus stop xxx”Shirley Adams

Posted by Spotted Portsmouth on Monday, February 1, 2016

A JustGiving crowdfunding page has been started to purchase a memorial plaque for Missy. So far it has more than quadrupled its goal.