This grim map shows hundreds of of cats have been brutally mutilated and killed across in England in less than 10 years, according to stats from a community network.
Much-loved feline companions have all been killed numerous times over the past eight years – each with incredibly detailed and similar characteristics – according to the South London Animal Investigation Network (SLAIN).
The charity said vets told them each of the killings were deliberately caused by humans, either by in-person assessments or by analysing detailed photographs.
Mutilations were recorded across the whole of England; as far south as Truro in Cornwall, and as far north as Harrogate in North Yorkshire. SLAIN has been recording all victims since reports started emerging in South London back in September 2015.
At the time, an alleged ‘UK Cat Killer’ was known locally as the ‘Croydon Cat Killer’, and the Metropolitan Police launched a joint investigation with local charity South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL).
Cats were found decapitated with their tails cut off. Both cuts would be incredibly clean, and there would be no blood present. Sickeningly, the head or tail would reappear in the exact same location to where the body was found some days later.
Police closed ‘Operation Takahe’ investigating the killings in September 2018. The force claimed a lack of evidence of human involvement and a scientific report from the Royal Veterinary College as part of its reasoning for shutting down the search.
However, a number of local charities disputed the findings, and still believe the alleged killer is on the loose. SLAIN’s data claimed there were 386 confirmed victims since 2015, as well as 653 suspected cases, according to the Daily Mirror.
Vets had confirmed all 1,039 cases were human-related. Suspected cases were confirmed by assessing photographs of victims and their injuries, whereas confirmed cases were in-person.
SLAIN’s Boudicca Rising told the Mirror: “The SLAIN team have been looking into these incidents for some time now.
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“We are at a crucial stage of the investigation and we ask that people continue to report animal mutilation incidents to us by phone on 07957 830490 or on private message to our Facebook page.
“This map shows where incidents have occurred but also and perhaps just as important, where incidents have never happened.
“If you know of someone who made journeys to these locations on these dates please do get in touch with us. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”
Meanwhile, the Met Police had been investigating the mutilations for a full three years, but there was no evidence of human involvement, it said.
Veterinary pathologists found the cause of death in 25 victims was blunt force trauma, such as being hit by a car. However the report made no conclusions on whether blows could have been delivered deliberately. The Met Police then said scavenging by wildlife was the “likely cause” of cat mutilations.
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