RSPCA WA is seeking answers after two cats in the last three months have been discovered in the Wheatbelt town of Corrigin with what appear to be deliberately inflicted injuries. The most recent case was discovered on November 20 when Samantha Willumsen called RSPCA WA after finding her 18-month-old grey pet tabby Puff, who had been missing for a week, in a terrible state. Puff had received extensive injuries to her sides and back that RSPCA WA believe might have been caused by deliberate scalding, an act RSPCA WA inspector manager Kylie Green said was “beyond comprehension”. ‘I have been an RSPCA inspector for 11 years and have seen a lot of things but this recent spate of what feels like escalating cat cruelty is concerning,” she said. ‘The burns on the two Corrigin cats were horrific, they would have been in agony.” Puff was taken to Perth and is receiving treatment and care form Perth Rescue Angels. Ms Willumsen said the abuse had left her shaken. “It’s a very quiet town so it makes me really uncomfortable knowing that it’s two cats this has happened to,” Ms Willumsen said. “Who the hell is doing it — I would hope that person would now stop but I don’t know, I don’t think they’re going to stop.” Ms Willumsen’s cat Puff had been missing for a week when she received a call from a friend to let her know that Puff had shown up at a house near Crossland Street. Relief turned to shock, however when Ms Willumsen arrived to collect her cat. “I was so happy to hear that she was back,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting her injuries being as bad and as horrible as they were. “I didn’t even think she was my cat, she was so skinny, I didn’t know if the flesh that was coming off was flesh or a rib, it was like someone had thrown glue on her and it had set — when I got close I could smell the stench of death.” In September another Corrigin cat Ms Willumsen named Koa received similar horrific injuries after being doused with a boiling liquid. Koa, a stray cat Ms Willumsen had been feeding, had been missing for about a week before he reappeared with shocking scalds. The two cases of suspected abuse would have gone unnoticed if Ms Willumsen hadn’t sought treatment for the cats in Perth. ‘They’ve been thoroughly examined by vets whose conclusion is boiling water or oil caused the burns,” Ms Green said. “With one cat, that could be an accident. “With two, I am deeply concerned and ask for anyone with information to come forward.” The maximum penalty for an animal cruelty conviction is a $50,000 fine and five years in prison. “Who would take the time to burn a cat,” Ms Willumsen said. “To see those sort of injuries on an animal, it’s horrible.” Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA WA 24-hour Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 358 or online at rspcawa.org.au, quoting job number 185977.