A cat tragically died after a firework was attached to it and set alight.

The sick abuse was carried out in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, a few days before Bonfire Night on November 2.

In the aftermath, the RSPCA has called for stricter controls on the sale of use and fireworks, The Star reports.

It wants their use to be restricted to November 5, New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "We were contacted on November 2 after a cat was killed in Rotherham, South Yorkshire when a firework was attached to him and lit.

"On Bonfire Night itself, we were made aware of two incidents – one in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and one in Kenilworth, Warwickshire – in which fireworks had been strapped to kittens before being set off.

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It wants their use to be restricted to November 5, New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali

"And on Friday, November 6, the burned body of a cat was found strapped to a firework in Queensferry, Wales."

RSPCA animal welfare expert Dr Mark Kennedy said: "Fireworks are extremely stressful and frightening for many animals.

"Around 62% of dogs, 55% of horses and 54% of cats in the UK show signs of anxiety when they hear fireworks.

"All too often we hear heartbreaking stories of animals who seriously injure themselves in a blind panic after being spooked by fireworks."

Last week, a mum spoke of her disgust after vile yobs "tortured" her cat to death before dumping the blood-soaked body in an alleyway.

Chess Pitchford discovered Shelby's corpse abandoned just yards from her home in Tunstall in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on Saturday, November 8.

To her horror, the nine-month-old cat's tail had been cleanly sliced off and discarded just a few steps away, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

Other injuries to the cat – named after the Shelby family in BBC show Peaky Blinders – included burn marks to the paws, a swollen eye and bloody cuts and bruises.

The 26-year-old, of Stanley Street, is certain the injuries were the work of a cat killer rather than an accident.

Anyone who can help is asked to call the RSPCA's appeal line on 0300 123 8018.