A WOMAN was left heartbroken after finding out the lady she sold her five month old kitten to had reportedly killed it in a tumble dryer.

The 32-year-old from Basildon, claimed to have first heard the news when the new owner bragged about killing the cat on social media.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said: “My cat had a litter of kittens which we just couldn’t keep, and I knew this woman through a friend so I sold one of them to her for £25.

“We visited her home beforehand to make sure it was going to a safe place and everything seemed absolutely fine, so you can imagine my horror when I found out what happened.

“I’m in shock – to do it is bad enough, but to boast about it on social media is awful.

“I don’t know how you could miss that your kitten was in the tumble dryer, it would be meowing surely. You should always check.

“She’s only had the kitten for three months.

“If it’s proved it was done on purpose, whoever is responsible should never be allowed to own another pet again. I’m absolutely fuming.”

The cat’s former owner has reported the incident to the RSPCA multiple times with the hopes that justice will be served for the poor kitten.

She continued: “Whether it was an accident or not, this cat deserves justice.

“I’m still angry and upset, it’s sickening to even think about. The RSPCA took all screen shots and will make a case.”

A spokesperson from the RSPCA said: “We are aware of this incident but we are unable to discuss complaints about specific people and what action may have been taken.

“We understand how frustrating that is for animals lovers but releasing information could prejudice a future investigation or could lead to us being fined.

“We are so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and we would like to reassure people we will always look into any complaints made to us about animal welfare.”

The RSPCA refused to comment any further, but have visited the woman’s home to take a written statement.

The incident has also been reported to Essex Police who declined to comment.

Anyone who has concerns over animal cruelty should contact the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

More information can be found at https://www.rspca.org.uk/.