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ANIMAL charities have slammed a city publican who is refusing to remove bizarre slogans about killing cats from his house.

ANIMAL charities have slammed a city publican who is refusing to remove bizarre slogans about killing cats from his house.As reported in The Evening Telegraph, Rob Moore (24), of Eye Road, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, outraged his neighbours when he painted the graffiti in large red and white letters. It urges passers-by to "burn those pussy cats, singe their paws, gouge out their eyes, melt the paws in chip fat."

It also says "Slice off his head, parade them on spears and javelin poles."

Mr Moore, who is landlord of the neighbouring Royal Arms public house, has claimed the rantings are art and he refuses to remove them.

However, animal-lovers have now joined shocked residents and spoken out against the architecture graduate.

Katy Geary, a spokeswoman for the RSPCA, said: "It is sad if he thinks this is some form of art. We see the most appalling cruelty against cats. It is making light of a real problem and we are not happy about that. We would ask him to remove it."

Ms Geary said she was surprised the RSPCA had received no complaints about Mr Moore's actions, although residents have complained to local councillors.

Pam McNicholl, a spokeswoman for Peterborough Cats Protection, said: "They are highly offensive remarks in a public place."

However, Mr Moore, who has sold his artwork in the city for 100, is determined to make an impact with his graffiti.

He said: "It's a piece of art. I like it. I had quite a lot of positive feedback from people."

Wisbech-based Elgoods Brewery, which owns the Royal Arms, today declined to comment about the matter.

Tony Hollis, an RSPCA inspector, said: "It's very irresponsible and it should be stopped."

Council has 'no power'

THE city council is investigating what legal power it has to force Rob Moore (24), to remove the graffiti on his house.

Residents in Eye Road, Newark, have complained to ward councillor Chris Ash about the comments they consider to be offensive.

However, Karen Cornish a spokeswoman for the city council, said: "We were contacted by Cllr Ash requesting for the graffiti to be removed.

"An officer went to the property, but the landowner has refused to let us remove the graffiti and we are unable to as it is on private land."

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