AT LEAST 12 cats have gone missing in PEREGIAN SPRINGS and concerned families are blaming cat haters who have been voicing their disdain for the animals on social media in recent times.
Missing felines mystery
TASHA Bebbington’s cat Rusty has been missing since Sunday morning.
He is part of the furniture in the Bebbington household and is causing the family grief.
Their ginger cat is one of more than a dozen cats that have gone missing in their Peregian Springs suburb of late.
First they thought it was foxes due to recent clearing in the region – but the residents believe it is something far sinister.
“We have cat haters living in the same estate as us,” Ms Bebbington said.
“When I put a Facebook post onto the estate’s group about my missing cat, I had people commenting nasty things.
❝I know one person caught a cat in a cage and left it in the backyard all weekend. — Wendi Rampton
“Then one lady messaged me saying to ‘if I find the cat in my backyard I’d look in a pond for it’.
“That is all good, they can like what they want to like but going out of your way to hurt animals is so wrong.”
Fellow Peregian Springs resident Wendi Rampton is another who’s copped foul online criticism from the cat haters.
She too assumed foxes were the source, until the haters came out of the woodwork.
“One, two, three, four,” she rattled off how many cats had gone missing all the way to 12.
“I rang around to RSPCA and the vets and they all believed it to be suspicious. After seeing all the posts about cat haters, saying they don’t deserve to breed and how worthless they are, it makes you think.
“I know one person caught a cat in a cage and left it in the backyard all weekend. No food or water, it nearly died.
“Are they catching the cats? Are they giving them to greyhound trainers? We just don’t know.
“I don’t know why people would do this? It’s always people who have never owned a cat.”
Ms Bebbington still holds hope for Rusty to walk back in the door but admits it is waning.
“To be honest I haven’t stopped crying about it,” she said. “We have had him for 11 years and he is pretty much like another child, part of the family.
“If I found out he is dead, at least I then know he is definitely not coming back. It is the not knowing that is really distressing. It is the worst. I really feel lost without him.”
She has since put up a $500 reward for Rusty.
MISSING: Peregian Springs resident Tasha Bebbington's daughter Hayley with their lost cat Rusty.