Did big cat kill fam­ily pet?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A BIG-CAT en­thu­si­ast says an­other crea­ture has been seen in Ash­ford and may have killed a fam­ily pet.

Neil Arnold, of Kent Big Cat Re­search, said he was called by a man who saw the an­i­mal just af­ter 6pm on Sun­day from his home near the rail­way in Ham­street.

“A guy was putting wash­ing away when he looked across at the rail­way line and saw a huge Alsatian-size an­i­mal walk­ing along the Hast­ings line to­wards the Marsh,” said Mr Arnold.

“Ex­cept the an­i­mal had a long tail and was jet black so it must have been a pan­ther.”

He said the man had been shocked as he hadn’t be­lieved in big cats be­fore.

Mr Arnold said the man’s white and ginger cat, which he had owned for 11 years, had dis­ap­peared on Fe­bru­ary 5.

“They be­lieve their cat has been eaten,” said Mr Arnold.

“It used to walk down the rail­way line to catch mice, but it never used to wan­der off.”

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