Hero disappeared between 5.30pm and 7pm on…

Hero disappeared between 5.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday night from his home in Kingston. His body was found in nearby woods on Saturday 25 June 2016. His murder is being investigated as part of Operation Takahe.

The following is a statement from his family. Our thoughts are with them as they come to terms with their loss:

As an avowed ‘dog family’ our experience of cats was limited to occasional sightings of a feline-looking shadow lurking under cars. We wanted our children to have the same experience of living with pets as we had had growing up and we finally agreed to getting a cat following a long running campaign. To our great surprise, we found ourselves welcoming not one, but two white cats into our home and they immediately became members of our little family.

After a mere 9 months, the pecking order in the house had settled into a natural order with Hero and Buddy firmly placed at the top. Both developed distinctive characters and and we all had our own relationships. The strongest relationship was between our two devoted cats. They did everything together and were never far apart.

Unfortunately, Hero decided to go for a wander, bumped into a troubled and unhinged individual and never came back. We later found his body in a local wood, minus his dignity, and the true extent of his importance to our family became apparent.

All of us have been absolutely distraught at the loss of him. We have had to explain that the world is a sometimes dark place to our children and that bad things do happen. What has been most difficult is explaining that the is no reasoning or explaining about what has happened. Like our children, we too don’t understand why this has happened.

Life goes on, but ours is genuinely the poorer for the loss of Hero and the manner of his being taken has left us angry and confused. We, like an alarming number of other families, want to have this troubled individual taken off the streets and for them to account for their actions. If anyone has any information about this cruel and violent individual please come forward. These are not just animals, they are dearly loved family members and this dark threat must be removed from our community.

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