THE RSPCA are appealing for information after a cat was thrown into a river by a man.

The cat, who has since been returned to their owner and has recovered, was helped by a member of the public who witnessed the man attempting to throw the cat into the river in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The man was seen trying to drown the cat for a second time on Sunday, January 27 at around 11.15am when he was challenged by a couple with a dog who took the cat from him.

RSPCA inspector Claire Carter, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, said: “This is a truly shocking incident.

"Thankfully it is rare that we hear of such deliberately cruel cases in the area.

“I’m just grateful a member of the public witnessed what was happening and managed to rescue the cat, who’s now back with their owner and fully recovered.

“We are really keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this, or can help with our investigations, to identify the person involved.

"Anyone who can help should call our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

The suspect is described as being a white, middle aged male, around 5’8” with curly hair. At the time he was carrying a Tesco’s shopping bag, which had the cat inside.

It is believed he either headed past a business called James Hay and under an underpass from the Waitrose car park, or from Castle Street bus depot and along the river by the Boat House pub via the mini roundabout.

He was then challenged by the couple who took the cat from him after he told them he had tried to drown the cat and indicated he was going to try again.

Anyone with any information is asked the contact the RSPCA immediately.