A cat has been found mutilated in the Towns.
Volunteers from Animals Lost and found in Kent were called out earlier this morning to reports a dead cat was found in Chatham.
The animal lovers were called out to check to see if the animal had a chip, but it quickly apparent the cat did not die from an accident or natural causes.
The exact location where the pet was found has not yet been disclosed.
Natasha McPhee, director of the charity, said: "The cat bore injuries that only a human could do with a sharp instrument.
"The relevant authorities have been informed and this case has been filed under Operation Takahe.
"The owner of the cat has also been informed, our thoughts are with them and their family at this awful time."
The animal is not the first to be found mutilated in the Towns, in May, three animals, two cats and a fox were found dead in incidents in Wigmore and Gillingham.
Miss McPhee, added: "We would like to ask that everyone is vigilant in their areas.
"If you hear a noise outside then please check to see if there are any strange goings on."
If you have found a mutilated animal, call 101 and quote Operation Takahe