ANIMAL campaigners have sent out “Kindness Kits” to schools in the wake of an incident where a cat was attacked with sticks and set upon by dogs.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has warned more incidents are likely unless action is taken to educate young people following the incident in Peterlee last month, where the tabby was injured.
It has sent information packs to primary schools in the area in the hope further abuse will be prevented.
The charity has said research indicates people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to harm humans.
Spokesman Ben Williamson said: “We want to prevent future acts of cruelty and neglect such as this.
“Instilling empathy in children and teaching them to take responsibility for any animals in their care are vital.
“The safety of the community might depend on it.”
The RSPCA appealed for the owners of the cat to come forward and for information leading to those behind the incident in Warwick Place at 7.45pm on October 16.
Details can be left by calling 0300 1234 999.