Some­one is shav­ing other peo­ple’s cats in Vir­ginia

New Straits Times - - World -

WAYNESBORO (Vir­ginia): Po­lice and towns­folk are try­ing to fig­ure out why some­one is ab­duct­ing pet cats and re­turn­ing them with hair­less un­der­bel­lies.

Since De­cem­ber, at least seven cats have shown up at their homes with shaved belly, groin and leg ar­eas, Po­lice Cap­tain Kelly Walker said on Fri­day.

“The shav­ing ap­pears to be al­most sur­gi­cal,” he said.

No harm was done to the an­i­mals, but they “seemed a lit­tle skit­tish” af­ter the cu­ri­ous in­ci­dents, he added.

The oc­cur­rences came to the at­ten­tion of po­lice when an owner asked about post­ing fly­ers to en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to au­thor­i­ties.

“Shav­ing Cats!!??” says the poster in this town of 21,000.

“Sev­eral neigh­bour­hood cats have been ABDUCTED and had their lower ab­domens and groin ar­eas SHAVED. This is very up­set­ting to the cats and their own­ers,” the poster said.

Walker said the cats were col­lar-wear­ing, well-groomed pets, not strays or feral cats, al­though some were out­door cats. All of them had been ei­ther neutered and spayed be­fore the shav­ing in­ci­dents, he said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion fo­cuses on five cats, some of which were shaved twice, from one house­hold and two cats from an­other, who came home par­tially hair­less three weeks ago.

“Prob­a­bly the best so­lu­tion is for who­ever is do­ing this to just stop,” Walker said. Reuters

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