Mutilated family cat’s death blamed on the ‘M25 killer’
Spate of recent animal deaths
A family cat was found mutilated in a neighbour’s garden – an act of cruelty thought to be linked to a notorious animal killer.
The body of Tilly, a nine-yearold domestic shorthair, was found with its tail cut off in Whitmore Street, Maidstone, last Monday.
Her owner’s daughter, who asked to remain anonymous, said it was clearly a deliberate, human act, and not simply the result of a fox attack.
The 28-year-old said: “It is devastating. We can’t believe someone could do that.
“I can’t come to terms with the fact that someone got hold of her and inflicted that pain on her. I just hope she didn’t suffer too much.”
Now the family is hoping other pet owners will be on their guard, and keep their cats in overnight to avoid anyone else having to go through the same thing.
Bodies of cats with heads, tails and legs missing started being discovered in the London borough of Croydon in 2014.
People believed one person was responsible and dubbed him or her the Croydon Cat Killer.
Hundreds of animals,including foxes and rabbits, from a wider area have since been found with similar fatal injuries, leading to the culprit being re-named the M25 Animal Killer or UK Cat Killer.
South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL), which is working with the RSPCA and the police on the investigation, strongly suspects Tilly was killed by the same person, but cannot give confirmation without doing a post-mortem. A spokesman said: “Our advice is to bring animals indoors, especially at night.” There has been a spate of reports of unexplained animal deaths in Kent in the past month.
In the last week of October, Animals Lost and Found in Kent was alerted to two dead cats in Chatham, and another in Rochester – and in each case the animals had been cut several times with a sharp blade.
Police linked the death of five rabbits, found in a car park in Dartford on October 24, to the M25 Animal Killer, while last Monday, the same day as Tilly was killed, a dead cat was found propped in a seated position outside a house in Sittingbourne with parts of its body deliberately cut off.
It comes almost exactly a year after Rosie, a two-year-old Bengal, was found mutilated in a similar way in Sutton Road. She was discovered just 200m away from her home, with her tail removed at the base.
Tilly was found dead with her tail cut off
Rosie was discovered dead and mutilated in Sutton Road a year ago