11/12/2012 04:29 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2012

Cat Killed After Firework Strapped To Its Back Explodes; British Police Launch Animal Cruelty Investigation

A pet cat was killed over the weekend when a firework strapped to its back exploded.

According to the BBC, police officers were called to a neighborhood in Wellingborough, England, on Saturday after a woman and her daughter discovered the cat's remains.

"This is an unbelievably cruel act and we are very keen to hear from anybody who has any information which will lead to the identification of the perpetrators," investigating officer Mark Jones said.

Police say the cat was killed immediately after the firework exploded, according to the BBC.

Unfortunately, this is not the first instance of animal cruelty to make headlines in recent months.

In July, authorities in Arizona rescued a kitten buried up to its neck in concrete inside a metal pipe. The animal died days later.

In September, HuffPost Canada reported that a series of disturbing kitten torture photos, in which a group of men can be seen dismembering a young cat, had been posted online. The gruesome images were first spotted on the Vancouver page of gossip site

Last month, an animal cruelty investigation was launched in Ireland after dozens of puppies were seized from two cars. At the time, the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the disturbing find was likely a "case of animal trafficking from puppy farms within Ireland, destined for the UK."