An­i­mal mas­sacre hor­ri­fies

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Com­ing across five dead cats pur­posely laid out on a res­i­den­tial road hor­ri­fied a Toko­roa woman but it seems they may not have been cats af­ter all.

Shelly dis­cov­ered the scene near the is­land on the cor­ner of Baird Rd and El­iz­a­beth Dr on Tues­day morn­ing while driv­ing to Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal with a friend.

Shelly, whose sur­name has been omit­ted be­cause she feared for the safety of her own cats, said the con­di­tion of the ‘‘cats’’ in­di­cated they were pets. And they’d been de­lib­er­ately ar­ranged to make a state­ment.

‘‘We were driv­ing along and at first thought a dog had been run over, but when we got closer, we re­alised it was a mas­sacre of cats across the road,’’ she said.

‘‘They looked as though they had been pur­posely laid there in such a way so some­one would drive over them.’’

‘‘I didn’t want to look too closely, as it was a hor­ri­ble thing to see, but it’s as though some­one has done it as a state­ment or warn­ing about how they feel about an­i­mals.’’

Sev­eral peo­ple on the South Waikato News’ Face­book page how­ever be­lieve Shelly may have got her wires crossed say­ing the cats were in fact rab­bits.

‘‘Def­i­nitely rab­bits, we went past twice. Fig­ured they fell off some­one’s ute,’’ Carmel Mid­dle­brook said.

‘‘[We had to] drive around them, it was rab­bits, i got a fright from it. Not nice peo­ple, we don’t need our kids to see that,’’ Joanne Ed­wards said.

Shelly said peo­ple need to watch out for their pets.

‘‘They are ob­vi­ously very sick - who knows what they could do to our kids?’’

Toko­roa Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son said no re­ports of the in­ci­dent had been re­ceived, but said if they were pets it was con­cern­ing.

‘‘Wil­ful ill treat­ment of an­i­mals falls un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act and can re­sult in two years’ im­pris­on­ment and a $50,000 fine, so it is a rea­son­ably se­ri­ous of­fence,’’ he said.

South Waikato SPCA man­ager Na­dine Steele said no re­ports had been made to the cen­tre, ei­ther.

‘‘If you have re­ceived threats or sus­pect sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in your area, please con­tact the shel­ter on 886 7722 so we can in­ves­ti­gate,’’ she said.

‘‘We need the sup­port of the com­mu­nity to pass on any in­for­ma­tion so jus­tice can be sought.’’

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX

Five dead cats found strewn across a Toko­roa Rd may have ac­tu­ally been rab­bits.

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