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Chief Inspector John McQuilter, Area Commander for East Renfrewshire
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PETITION TARGET: Chief Inspector John McQuilter

UPDATE (6/20/2023): We sent our petition, signed by more than 27,000 people, to the Chief Inspector of this tragic case. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition! Unfortunately, we were not able to get any additional details about this case despite multiple checks back. We’ll continue to advocate for animals! —Lady Freethinker Staff


In a brutal act of cruelty, thugs in Scotland repeatedly burned a cat with cigarettes before setting his tail on fire. Dotted with serious burn wounds — one so deep that it went right through his ear — and in agony from his ordeal, Leo the tabby cat suffered intensely for the seeming amusement of cruel humans.

In spite of veterinary care following the torture, Leo’s wounds become badly infected. Veterinarians were forced to remove his tail — including two spinal vertebrae — in order to save his life. They also partially amputated one of his ears.

Leo’s guardian is devastated by the attack, which occurred in the small village of Neilston, East Renfrewshire in January. The local community is also helping raise funds to cover Leo’s £2000 vet bill with a campaign on Just Giving.

Leo’s attackers are still walking the streets, free to strike again.

Sign this petition urging Chief Inspector John McQuilter to use all available resources to find the people responsible for this shocking attack and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, sending the message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.

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