For sometime in South London, no pet was safe, for there existed a mysterious cat-killer who can be attributed for death of more than a hundred cats. The so called “Croydon Cat Killer” was a mystery for three long years and had the whole UK police baffled.
Even rabbits weren’t safe. The deaths were spreading everywhere. 15 policemen were assigned to this case to test the theory that a single entity was behind this slaughter of pets with bladed weapons. The death toll kept increasing and soon this matter became a part of international news stream.
However, on Thursday, 20th September 2018, the Metropolitan Police announced that after almost three years of investigating more than 400 cases, six of them deemed to be suspicious, there was never any Croydon human cat killer.
That doesn’t stop a fox from being one.
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) September 20, 2018
According to the police department, the culprit is a fox!
In three instances where CCTV was obtained, footage showed foxes carrying bodies or body-parts of cats.
A woman in North London reported that she saw a fox carrying the head of a cat in her CCTV footage.
In June 2017, a cat’s head was found in a school playground in Catford, ironically enough. CCTV showed a fox carrying the head into the playground.
In July 2017, a witness found the body of a cat with no head or tail next to her property. Suspecting that the cat had been placed there, she checked CCTV and saw a fox drop the cat in the position in which it was found.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has been investigating similar cases trying to figure out the Croydon Cat killer and Dr Henny Martineau, the Head of Veterinary Forensic Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, carried out post-mortem examinations on three cats and two rabbits in June 2018. According to her, the mutilations had been caused by predation and/or scavenging, and highlighted that fox DNA had been found around the wound sites on all five bodies.
On Thursday, 20 September, Croydon officers met with SNARL and the RSPCA to set out the investigation’s final conclusion that there is no evidence of human involvement. All of the cases of cat mutilation will be recorded as ‘no crime’. SNARL is a small rescue centre based in South Norwood and RSPCA is UK’s animal welfare charity who specialise in animal rescue & furthering the welfare cause for all animals.
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Full statement of Amanda Pearson, Frontline Policing Command:
“On average, the Met receives over 1,000 calls each month relating to animals and animal welfare.
We understand the reason for this – people trust the police to help them when they suspect others have done wrong, fear for their own safety or simply are facing situations that they are unable to handle themselves.
We will always assist the public in an emergency, but I would urge people to report concerns relating to animal welfare in the first instance to the RSPCA.
The decision was made to allocate a large number of similar reports of mutilated cats to the officers who were investigating the initial spate of such allegations. In particular, they were following up the six suspicious cases identified by the post-mortem examinations.
While this increased the workload of those officers, it significantly reduced the resources that would have been required for different officers in different units to record and assess each allegation separately.
It is this collating of reports that enabled officers to work with experts and reach the conclusion that no further police investigations are required into any of the allegations relating to mutilated cats.”
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