A PERSON capable of pouring scalding hot water over the head and back of a cat ("Cat injured in Poole attack had boiling water poured over its head and back", 20 January) should worry those in the local community.

People who pick on the defenceless – whether cats, children, or any other vulnerable being – are dangerous and need to be stopped before they cause further harm or kill again.

Research into psychology and criminology informs us that individuals who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to harm humans if they aren't stopped.

For this reason, it's crucial that whoever is responsible be apprehended and that our legal system ensure that convicted perpetrators receive the maximum sentence, including prison time, counselling, and a lifetime ban on keeping animals. Otherwise, we endanger the lives of animals and humans alike.

Jennifer White, PETA UK
All Saints Street, London