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


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