PRESS RELEASE (and general update)

Today the Metropolitan Police and RSPCA released confirmed figures of 19 deaths attributed to the “M25 Cat Killer”. We have been asked repeatedly over this evening why their and our figures don’t agree so we thought it best to clarify:

Our vet originally conducted 10 post mortems and 2 examinations on body parts which were confirmed as having being the result of a human being multilating the bodies with a bladed weapon, the cat’s deaths (where we had bodies and not body parts) being caused by blunt force trauma.

Of those 12, 4 bodies went to the RSPCA in Jan/Feb for further examination and were confirmed as the same – deaths by blunt force trauma, followed by cuts to the bodies made with a bladed weapon.

The RSPCA has further conducted post mortems on another 15 bodies, bringing their total of confirmed cases up to 19 and our total of confirmed cases up to 27.

This does not include the number of animals killed between September 2015 and April 2016 where we were not able to retrieve the bodies (thanks mostly to Croydon Council’s unwillingness to work with us) – nine.

That’s 36.

In order for us to include a case where we have not retrieved the body, we have a number of markers including wounds, first person description, photo, vets report and a number of other checks that we have not publicised. The same criteria applies for historical cases.

Additional to this and still awaiting confirmation are the following:

Mac, found in Streatham on 6 March 2016
Storm, found in Stretton Road Addiscombe on 10 March 2016
Oreo, found in Frimley Green on 17 March 2016
Louie, found in Chislehurst on 21 March 2016 whose death we believe is linked to this case

An unidentified light tortoiseshell/ tabby cat found in Ruislip on 24 March 2016, whose death we believe is linked

Lulu, found decapitated on 2 April 2016 outside her home in Kingston, whose death we believe is linked

Bertie, found decapitated outside his home in Camberley on 4 April 2016, whose death we believe is linked.

Buddy, found murdered in Forest Hill on 8 April 2016.

That’s 44.

A fox cub’s head found in Shirley on 12 April 2016 which we are pretty sure is related as it meets a number of our criteria

The paw of a rabbit found last week, not sure yet if related

The body of a hare/ rabbit found in Yateley at the weekend, which we are very sure is related as it meets all our criteria

That’s 46 and possibly 47.

In addition to this, for every case we have, we have at least one other and in some cases, two to three other, historical cases, of which 50 have met our very strict criteria for inclusion over the past few months and of which approx 50 have come in over the past six weeks and which we have included as they meet at least 6 of our 8 criteria.

We are still going through the last 50 to confirm them and we can’t give an accurate figure at present. In this 50 odd cases, we have already ruled out road traffic accidents and victims who appear to have been murdered but whose deaths do not match this case.

However, we believe the toll over the past two years could be over 100 murders of cats, foxes and rabbits in the greater London, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex and Bedfordshire areas.

The police and RSPCA figures are not incorrect, they have just started counting in a different place, with the bodies they have as evidence. Criminal prosecutions by and large rely on physical evidence, which is why it is so important that we be notified when a murdered animal is found, to secure it.

We would ask that everyone please continue to share our pinned post so that people are aware of the issue and can keep their cats safe and so that we can continue to retrieve bodies of victims to ensure a robust criminal prosecution when the time finally arrives.

Stark statistics do not show the swathes of grief, anguish and pain these murders have caused.

We would like to thank the families of the victims and the finders who continue to talk to us, meet with us, pick up the phone to us, to say the words we are now used to hearing:

“I found my cat beheaded in my garden and no-one did anything”;

“My fox had two cubs and I watched them grow up. One day …”;

“My cat went out for a wander before bedtime and never came home. When we found his body, the vet said that the wounds had been caused by a human being”;

“I saw half a cat in a bush, cleanly cut, whilst walking my kids to school. I shielded my children’s eyes but they saw it and I didn’t know what to do”;

“Hi, I’m A from B vets in (several locations across London). I;ve got the body of a cat here and I’ve never seen anything so disturbing in my life.”

The courage they have shown in their willingness to open old wounds and to pick at new ones, to talk to us despite their ongoing grief and trauma, has been remarkable.

Our thoughts remain with the finders and with each of the victim’s families.

Tony and Boudicca


Heart Breaking Case

Hi everyone – we just wanted to say that we know this is heartbreaking case, particularly as the bodies mount up, each one a life lost that should never have been so.

We mourn each one of those lives.

However, it’s a difficult case to solve, with random killings happening across a massive area, every one of which needs to be documented, investigated, checked, double-checked and then bodies examined to see whether or not the killings match, something which takes time.

Alongside the two cases reported, we have also been involved in the investigation of two others this week – one which was ruled out as not human-related and one which was unconfirmed as sadly the person who reported it was not able/ did not keep the body part safe. For every potentially linked case you see on here, in the background in a week, we’ve all been looking at a number of others too.

We retain absolute faith in the police team investigating – they have been busy all weekend, including on their days off and we know this because we have been busy ourselves, in contact with them.

So please don’t think for a moment that the police are not interested or not involved, they absolutely are and will continue to be.

We realised in November, when there was so much evidence that this had been ongoing for some time, and across a wider area than was first thought, that it would take time and it has and it will.

We are here until it’s solved. We’re not giving up and we’re not going away.

The single best thing you can still do is to share our pinned post (which we’ve just updated), so that people in other areas become aware it’s not just Croydon in which this is happening and in knowing, can keep their cats safe.

Thank you to every single one of you who reguarly shares that post, even though it’s not a pleasant thing to do.

Thank you also to our amazing leafleteers who go way above and beyond the call of duty, leafleting, talking to people, putting up posters, talking to shop owners, etc etc. We are so very grateful to each of you.

Thank you also to the lovely people who have sent us poosand (as we refer to it), noms (ditto) and items from our Amazon wish list. Tha cats and us are grateful! Our wishlist can be found here if anyone want to do the same https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/…

Finally thank you also to the people who have sent us donations via paypal so we can cover the mortgage and bills for our rehoming centre whilst the investigation goes on and needs one of us to stay on it full time. If anyone wants to do the same our paypal is tjenko64@aol.com.

Thanks again every one of you – we couldn’t do this without you all xx


Cat Killing – Full Update

Hi everyone we have been inundated with messages this evening. Thank you to every single one of you who has taken the time to message us with various bits and pieces, including historical cases.

We are aware that for some people, the anger, pain and grief is still very much at the surface and we are sorry if we have had to be brief and business like. It’s not a reflection of a lack of emotion about this case – it’s us trying to stay professional when what we’d most like to do is simply cry with you.

A few questions keep coming up so we are going to answer them as best we can here:

(i) You’ve denied a link between the Cinderford killings and the Cat Killer murders yet the BBC have just released an article about a possible link?
First and foremost, this is a public page and we don’t normally discuss aspects of the investigation that might be going on, for obvious reasons. We are not currently aware of any link but it would be stupid for the investigating team in Croydon not to be talking to the Cinderford team. Of course they are, because they are on the ball. That still doesn’t mean there is any link, just that it’s being looked at.

(ii) Are you aware of the Cannock case?
Yes we are and we are looking into it.

(iii) How come the RSPCA have publicised this and you haven’t?
The RSPCA are a separate organisation to us. Whilst we are working with them, what they choose to publicise is up to them. We don’t dictate what they say and don’t say and they don’t dictate what we say and don’t say, which is healthy and the right way to go about things.

(iv) When will I hear back about my home visit for cat rehoming?
In all honesty, when we get a break. The kittens are still four weeks away from being ready to go anywhere, which is plenty of time for us to do home checks. The adult cats are waiting for homes and we are going to start advertising them one by one, again when we get a chance.

(v) Can you take my cat on? Why not?
See above. We are full. In fact we are beyond full. We cannot just take cats on without being able to look after them properly. That wouldn’t be a rescue, it would be a hoarder. We tend to stop taking cats in at 9 at the sanctuary (three who have terminal illnesses) and 16 at the rehoming centre, with an emergency space for an emergency. We are currently 10 at the sanctuary and 18 at the rehoming centre, plus the rodent room. This is the utter limit we can do, to ensure that every animal in our care gets proper care, attention, love and medical care. There are two of us and one of us works full time. Until we have time to do (iv), we won’t have any spaces. It’s not great, because we have to turn animals away but we also need to make sure that each of the animals we have taken on gets the care, love and attention they need. They are our priority – most of them didn’t get a choice in the matter, they ended up with us and it is our responsibility to look after them properly. The stark reality of operating a no kill rescue is that there are limited spaces, always.

(vi) Can you please share our missing cat post? Yes, but no use in sharing a post unless it has (a) a photo of your cat (b) details of where your cat went missing from (c) a contact number for people who think they’ve seen your cat to call. We cannot take on responsibility for making up posters and getting it out there for you. We can’t act as a central number for calls about your cat. We currently have 10 posts to share which we will start in the morning. if you haven’t bothered to get posters and flyers up and out in the area, and can’t be arsed to put a poster together, we are not likely to consider you a responsible owner. Harsh but true.

(vii) Things we have ruled out of the investigation:
– foxes (we are no longer going to respond to this shit – it’s been publicly ruled out by the police that the mutilations are by a bladed object; foxes do not attack cats as a rule; people who continue to perpetuate this myth in the face of police confirmation to the contrary are going to be ignored from now on)
– gang activity
– multiple suspects
– terrorist-linked activity

(viii) Things we are still considering:
– black magic (but there is no evidence to suggest it)
– everything else

(ix) Things we are sure of, backed up by evidence:
– one suspect who is highly mobile

(x) Finally, a massive big thank you to Romney House Rescue who shared our pinned post. Thanks to them, we have received a number of historical cases which we are currently processing.

And as always, a thanks to everyone who has put forward thoughts and leads. There is no such thing as a stupid idea, but we’ll be the first to say if it’s already been ruled out.

Tony and Boudicca


Cat Killer – Quick Update

Quick update from us for those of you new to this page:

(i) It’s not foxes. We are getting a little frustrated at having to respond to people both in our inbox and on our page who insist it’s foxes. It absolutely, categorically is not, proven beyond doubt. For those of you who think it’s funny to take the mickey, you are pissing all over the grief of owners and the deaths of animals (including foxes) and we think you are particularly shitty at being a person if you find that amusing. We are going to have to take the (until now unthought of) step of banning people from this page if you persist in being twats.

For those of you genuinely in doubt, please understand that if it was foxes, there would not be a police investigation going on. Please use your common sense on this.

(ii) the police are doing everything they can to catch this person. This includes all avenues of investigation. Yes, all indications are that it is one person. Please don’t think that any of the police involved are slacking on this. They certainly are not. If they were, we would be the first to say so.

(iii) Yes, as strange as it may seem, we are working closely with the police and the RSPCA. We are sorry if this doesn’t buy into your view of the world, but it’s what is happening and we are not making this up. Anyone who has any doubts on this, please contact DS Andy Collin or one of his team members at Croydon nick.

(iv) there is no evidence of poison being used.

(v) both friendly and unfriendly, nervous cats have been killed and all over London. We don’t want to be picking up bits of your cat tomorrow so for the sake of your cats (and us) if you live in the area between Luton and Brighton (and all the bits in between, east and west), keep your cats in at night until this is over.

(vi) Please do keep sending in your thoughts, tips and ideas. Whilst we will let you know if they are unrelated, it doesn’t mean that your next idea or thought won’t be a good one.

Tonight, our thoughts remain with the families of those cats who have been murdered. Whilst we can’t understand truly how you feel, we mourn with you. We remain absolutely committed to finding the offender and will not rest until they are caught.

Tony and Boudie xx


M25 ANIMAL KILLER – WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP – Update

As most people are now aware, there have been upwards of 50 cats, rabbits and foxes found dead, apparently murdered, across London over the past couple of years.

The police are well aware of the issue and are running an active investigation into it.

If you see someone behaving suspiciously around a cat, PLEASE DIAL 999 IMMEDIATELY and report it. It doesn’t matter if it turns out to be nothing – the police want to know.

If you find a cat who has the following injuries:

Slashed neck/ decapitation and/or
Slashed belly and/or
Organs removed and/or
Pelvis removed and/or
Tail removed and/or
Leg/tail removed and/or
Any other injury which looks like it is a knife wound

Please:
Ask the person to contact us on 07957 830 490 or mobile 07961 030064 immediately

It is ABSOLUTELY VITAL that the body is/ parts are safeguarded and we will come out, even if it is after hours. We will liaise with the police and RSPCA to secure the scene.

If the animal is still alive please take him or her straight to the vet for treatment and call us as soon as you can afterwards.

Recent cases include:

Tosh in Belvedere, March 2015
Ukiyo in Addiscombe, September 2015
Amber in Shirley, October 2015
Oscar in West Norwood, November 2015
Unidentified cat in West Norwood, November 2015
Missy in Couldson, December 2015
“Charlton” in Charlton, December 2015
An unidentified black and white cat found killed next to Mitcham Common and confirmed now as linked, December 2015
Bella, killed in Mitcham in November 2015

An unidentified tabby cat found in Streatham on 19 January 2015 confirmed as a victim.

Two rabbits beheaded and de-tailed in a garden in South Norwood in November 2015.

Two cats and a fox found beheaded in the Crystal Palace triangle early in the morning of Monday 18 January 2016 which have been linked to this case.

A fox tail found on Davidson Road, which has been placed in a garden, was inconclusive but given the deliberate placement of the tail, is considered to be a victim.

Leo found deceased in Sutton on 22 January 2016, a week after he disappeared, confirmed as a victim.

A red, possibly Burmese cat found in South Croydon, confirmed as a victim.

A rabbit, found in Bristol Road, Morden – inconclusive on vet examination, but the positioning of the body suggests this poor babe was a victim

Maverick, found mutilated in N3 on 4 February 2016. Body is with the vet for post mortem.

Tigger, found in Stepney, E1, on the morning of 9 February, body not recovered but positioning of body, lack of blood at the scene and injuries strongly suggests he is a victim.

Unidentified black and white cat found in Addiscombe on 9 February. Body was retrieved on 10 February and is with the RSPCA for post mortem.

Tommy from Kenley, found dead on 12 Feb 2016

A fox found in New Addington on 15 Feb 2016, with an ear cut off (awaiting confirmation from post mortem)

A cat’s tail found in Beaumont Road, South Norwood (not recovered) on 15 Feb 2016

A cat found decapitated in Titchfield Road Carshalton on 15 Feb 2016

A cat found dead in Wearside Road, Peckham on 16 Feb 2016 (this has been ruled a possible RTA but as the RSPCA have said they think some of the animals are RTA victims before they arw mutilated, we are keeping him on our list.

A black cat found in Mottingham on 23 February.

A cat found in West Croydon on 23 February.

Goldie, a Bengal cat found dead in Roundshaw in Wallington on 25 Feb 2016

A fox found in Crystal Palace on 27 Feb 2016 with both ears removed.

42 other historic cases in Croydon and the outskirts of the Borough in the last two years and we have reports of other cases going back to 2008.

There is also some evidence to suggest that a rabbit killed a few weeks ago in South Croydon and two puppies killed and left in a South Norwood park two years ago are also victims.

This case was brought to our attention by the community and we are pretty sure that it will be solved as a result of the community’s efforts.

Thank you

Boudicca and Tony
SNARL


SNARL, RSPCA & The Police Service Are Now Joined Forces

We have just had an exceptionally productive meeting with the police and the RSPCA.

We have agreed to continue working together as we have been. Nothing will change in terms of callouts, or how things work in general but we are now all fully joined up.

We will continue to attend scenes and secure them whilst the RSPCA and/or police attend. The RSPCA will post mortem the bodies as they have been.

We will also continue to collate info on new and historical cases.

This doesn’t mean we will always agree with each other (which is healthy) but it does mean that the RSPCA is now fully briefed and we will now be working as a team with the police.

We have full confidence in the police team and now we have met the investigating RSPCA inspector, who has specific experience in this sort of crime, we have full confidence in him too.

This is a huge step in the right direction for the investigation and we are very pleased.


It has been an exceptionally busy day here at SNARL

It has been an exceptionally busy day here at SNARL.

We have taken over 50 phone calls, numerous texts, countless emails. We have had two calls about historical cases which match ours. Thank you to the people who called us.

We have also spent time talking to the press today and will be issuing a press release shortly.

We are collecting Teddy the white cat shortly and he will be overnighting with us before going to his foster tomorrow. Efforts continue to find out whether he has an owner.

Tony is currently trying to retrieve the body of a road traffic accident victim. We don’t actually do this as a norm but couldn’t bear the thought of the poor babe lying in the road.

Tony met with officials from Croydon Council today to discuss the possibility of collecting bodies of possible victims and also to drive home the fact that the council were not following their own procedures for chip checking dead pets.

They have assured us that they are now doing this so we hope we won’t be receiving any more calls to say the council helpline have told a resident to put the body in their rubbish bin.

Whether or not they are going to work with us and notify us when their contractors discover bodies that could be victims is another matter. This is highly frustrating and we hope that they have a think about how their inaction here is potentially thwarting this investigation.

A big thank you to Richard Beeson for joining Tony this afternoon.

A very big thank you also to everyone who contacted Peta today. They have now decided to mention us in despatches.

I think, without being bitchy about it, we need to make it quite clear that whilst they have been brilliant about offering a reward, they do not have an investigative team in the UK and are not set up to take calls, collect bodies or gather evidence. They are not investigating this because they are not set up to do this here and they have no idea about the considerable amount of police resource being deployed.

I have worked with a Peta investigator from the US on other cases and I have a huge amount of respect for him and the people in his office. That respect remains in place.

There is a place here for every single organization keen to catch the killer and we need to pool our resources and work together, not against each other.

Thank you to everyone for your likes, shares, comments and messages.

We WILL catch this person/people.