Mys­tery as eight cats go miss­ing from the same area

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

AN ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion has been launched after eight cats “dis­ap­peared” from a small area of the Val­leys in a mat­ter of months.

RSPCA Cymru says it was con­tacted after a male tabby and white cat called Monty went miss­ing from Lock Street in Aber­cynon on July 25, but has still not been found.

The char­ity also said en­quiries from the an­i­mal’s owner sug­gested var­i­ous other cats from sur­round­ing streets in the Cynon Val­ley vil­lage had gone miss­ing, rais­ing con­cern as to what hap­pened to them. The char­ity said it is now un­der­stood eight cats in total have “dis­ap­peared” from the area since July.

It also said it is “un­usual” for it to be told about so many miss­ing cats from a few neigh­bour­ing streets, and is call­ing on any­one with in­for­ma­tion they may think rel­e­vant to con­tact them.

Gemma Cooper, RSPCA in­spec­tor, said: “It’s un­usual to be no­ti­fied of so many miss­ing cats from one lo­cal­ity; and nat­u­rally this is caus­ing some con­cern within the com­mu­nity about what has hap­pened.

“A male tabby and white cat from Lock Street went miss­ing on July 25, and the owner has since dis­cov­ered that a num­ber of other pet own­ers have seen their cats dis­ap­pear in the neigh­bour­ing Aber­cynon streets.” Ms Cooper em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of mi­crochip­ping cats, of­fer­ing the best chance of pets be­ing iden­ti­fied and re­turned to own­ers if they be­come lost or stolen.

She added: “If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion connected to these re­ports, they are urged to con­tact our in­spec­torate ap­peal line on 0300 123 8018, with all calls treated in con­fi­dence.

“The cir­cum­stances be­hind these re­ported dis­ap­pear­ances are not clear. How­ever, we con­tinue to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of mi­cro-chip­ping cats.

“This gives a pet a unique code, and dra­mat­i­cally im­proves the chances of a lost or stolen an­i­mal be­ing re­united with their owner.”

Monty is one of eight cats to dis­ap­pear from Aber­cynon since July

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