A horrified animal lover discovered a bin bag full of severed cat head's on a side street near Manchester's famous Curry Mile.
James Robinson, 34, noticed the container with the mutilated cats on Walmer Street East, near Basil Street, off Wilmslow Road, on Thursday night.
An urgent investigation into the gruesome discovery has been launched by Manchester City Council, reports the Independent.
According to the Manchester Evening News, it is believed up to five animals were in the container.
Describing how he came across the remains, the Metrolink engineer said: "I was going out for some food and walking down the side street when I saw a black bin bag filled with something that looked suspicious.
"When I opened it I couldn't believe my eyes. There were about five cats' heads in there. I can't get over the shock of it."
James is a cat lover himself and lives with his uncle on Hamilton Lodge, near the scene in Rusholme.
"I could just see my own cats down there, left dead in the side street," he said.
"Obviously you hear urban legends about cats being beheaded but to actually see this so close to your own home is extremely worrying."
It is not known where the cats came from and how - or why - they were killed and dumped, reports the Mirror.
The bag was then recovered by a town hall cleaner after Manchester council was alerted to fly-tipping.
A spokesman for Manchester Council said the discovery amounted to 'an extreme example of animal cruelty'.
"This is obviously an incredibly distressing and sickening incident which we are now looking into but this is the first incident of its kind we have come across," he said.
In a statement, it said: "A member of our team was called to an address in Rusholme earlier today [Friday] and discovered a fly-tipped black bin-liner containing animal remains.
"This is obviously an incredibly distressing and sickening incident which we are now looking into but this is the first incident of its kind we have come across.
"At this stage we have no way of knowing how these animal parts came to be where they were discovered but we will be contacting the RSPCA as this is clearly an extreme example of animal cruelty."
An RSPCA Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde said it was a 'distressing' incident and appealed for anyone with information to contact them 0300 1234 999.
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