A western Sydney community has thrown its support behind a family whose cat was stolen, tortured and killed last week.
Brandy, a 17-year-old feline who lived in Glenwood with her family, was caught on chilling surveillance footage being carried down a street by a masked boy on March 8.
Police allege that two brothers, aged 12 and 14, stole the ginger cat from home, before carrying it to a nearby clearing and allegedly torturing and killing it.
In the wake of the feline’s death, locals rallied behind its owners, sending bouquets of flowers and penning letters.
A community has rallied behind the family of Brandy the cat after the beloved 17-year-old feline was allegedly stolen and then murdered by teenagers last week (Brandy wi
The family’s home in Glenwood, in Sydney’s west, has been inundated with letters of support as they demand justice for the beloved neighbourhood cat (pictured a letter of support)
The family shared a touching post online thanking everyone for the flowers, letters and words of support as they come to terms with the loss of what was the family’s last surviving furry friend (pictured: a bouquet delivered to the family’s home)
Footage shows two teens running away with the neighborhood cat. It is alleged they then tortured and killed the furry feline before dumping it in a pond
In a heartwarming post to Facebook, Brandy’s mother and owner said, ‘to all our community members a big thank you for all of your support and messages’.
‘Brandy has been cremated and her ashes are now in the safe hands of my daughter.
‘We miss her very much and I wish we could turn the clock back in time and have her back in our arms’.
In another post to social media, Emily Bidart, who first discovered what happened to the family’s ginger cat, said the family has received messages of support from far and wide.
‘My family and I have received a tremendous amount of love and support and we really do appreciate it,’ Ms Bidart wrote.
‘We can only hope our story remains known and shared far and wide to help us get justice!’
The family once owned two cats and a dog, and say after Brandy’s death all of their ‘fur babies have now crossed the rainbow bridge’.
The feline’s owners checked their security footage after their 17-year-old cat didn’t come home last Wednesday and made the gruesome discovery.
Emily Bidart, 28, was just 11 when Brandy became an integral part of her family and told 7News that everyone in the neighbourhood knew Brandy as ‘the weird cat’ that goes for walks in the park across the road.
Now that very same park brings with it the harrowing memory of the alleged attack.
‘I look out my bedroom window at mum’s house and that’s exactly where she was (allegedly) murdered,’ Ms Bidart said.
The ginger cat Brandy was 17-years-old and was known by Glenwood locals as ‘the weird cat’ that often went for walks in the very same park where it was allegedly murdered
Both boys were charged with torturing, beating and causing death to an animal and disposing of a killed or stolen animal. They were granted strict conditional bail and will appear at a children’s court on Tuesday April 4, 2023
Ms Bidart said last Wednesday she drove to her parents home in Glenwood and just had a feeling something was wrong when she heard Brandy was missing and checked the security cameras straight away.
CCTV footage showed mere minutes after Ms Bidart’s mother left the house to go to an appointment, two boys began searching for the cat, under cars and in the garden.
One boy was then seen running off and allegedly saying: ‘You wanna go cat?’.
Some 23 minutes later, a boy returned in a hoodie and a face mask before he allegedly snatched the family cat from the front garden.
Ms Bidart said when she watched what ensued next she had to look away.
‘As soon as I (allegedly) saw the first blow to my cat I had to look away,’ she said.
The two boys have since been charged with animal cruelty after investigators from Riverstone Police Area Command arrested them at a Glenwood home about 5pm on Monday.
Both boys were charged with torturing, beating and causing death to an animal and disposing of a killed or stolen animal.
They were granted strict conditional bail and will appear at a children’s court on Tuesday April 4, 2023.