Video: Animal welfare group seeks man who swung cat by tail

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updated 11/9/2011 7:27:36 PM ET 2011-11-10T00:27:36

England's leading animal welfare charity sought a man who was captured on surveillance video swinging a cat by its tail, an act the pet's owner said had left it "mentally injured."

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals circulated a video to local media showing a man walking outside a pub and swinging a cat while walking down a street.

Michelle Buchanan, the owner of the 2-year-old cat named Mowgli told the Telegraph in a story published on Wednesday that though the cat managed to escape, it returned home in a "distressed state."

"He's not physically injured but he is mentally. Ever since the incident happened, when he eventually came home, he's never gone back outside," Buchanan told the Telegraph. "I can't believe anybody could be so cruel as to harm any sort of animal. It's just really sad that somebody found pleasure out of doing that."

An inspector for the animal welfare group, Caroline Doe, called the incident "a very violent, nasty attack" and said she hoped someone would recognize the man in the video and come forward to further the investigation.

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