It is sad to record that there may be a group of men operating a ‘‘cat snatching’’ operation in the wider Paremata-Plimmerton area. An attempt was made recently to steal my cat, which was sitting quietly on top of a fence.
A man was seen by a neighbour to approach the cat while speaking softly to it trying to lure it to him. Thankfully the man was disturbed. At this point he spoke into his cell phone and was immediately picked up by another man in a black car and drove off.
I have since heard that some long haired cats in the area may also have disappeared. A pet suddenly disappearing is extremely distressing and upsetting for anyone.
This is reminder for residents in the area to be watchful of any unusual activity, vehicles or people in their neighbourhood. If any one has had a cat lost or stolen it should be reported to the police or vet. Otherwise, please be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. It is better to report it than let a cat be taken.