Animal massacre horrifies
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.’’
Five dead cats found strewn across a Tokoroa Rd may have actually been rabbits.