VOLUNTEERS cleaning up the River Gwenfro have spoken of their disgust after finding two bin bags containing dead cats.
The grim discovery was made during a clean-up of the river organised by residents who had teamed up with Keep Wales Tidy, Wrexham County Council, the Environment Agency and the probation services.
More than 20 used syringes were also found in the river.
Gareth Jones, river project officer for Keep Wales Tidy, said: 'A woman from the Environment Agency spotted the bags. I had a look and there was one dead cat in one bag and two in another.
'We carry out river clean-ups all over the country but discoveries like this are uncommon. It wasn't nice and we had the remains of the cats incinerated.'
A spokeswoman for Wrexham's Cat Protection Shelter said: 'This is absolutely despicable behaviour. To treat cats, or any other animal, like this is inexcusable no matter the circumstances behind it.'
She added: 'If people desperately need help they can contact us and we will try to help them.'
A spokesman for the RSPCA added: 'When we heard of the discovery in the River Gwenfro we were horrified.
'It is an offence to cause any animal unnecessary suffering. There is no need for any animal to be treated like this and people must know there is help at hand if they can't cope. They can always contact us for support.'
More than a ton of rubbish was removed from the site during the clean-up and despite the gruesome finds the team said the clean-up was a success.
It's hoped the clean-up project will be the first of a series organised in partnership with the various organisations involved.
Anybody interested in this or other river projects can contact Gareth Jones of Keep Wales Tidy on 01824 707744. To contact the RSPCA call 0870 55 55 999 or Wrexham's Cat Protection Shelter on 01978 313574.