14 cats removed from Manchester home after hundreds of calls come in about elderly woman stealing cats

According to a report by Manchester Evening News, police officers requested assistance from the RSPCA after hundreds of calls came in Wednesday night about an elderly woman in Stretford stealing cats.

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Police received more calls after social media postings that some of the cats had been stolen from the Greater Manchester area in the UK. A total of 14 cats were recovered from the home and three have already been identified. The remaining 11 are currently in the care of the RSPCA as the search continues for their owners.

A spokesman for the RSPCA reported the cats were all in good condition stating

“The RSPCA is assisting the police in looking after a number of cats removed from an address in Stretford.

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The cats were being well cared for and there are no concerns for their welfare but we do believe that some of them may have owners in the south Manchester area and are keen to reunite them.”

All of the cats recovered are male except for one blind female cat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 – or Crimestoppers (anonymously) at 0800 555 111. If you have a cat missing and think one of the photos above is your cat please call the RSPCA at 0300 123 8018.

A safeguarding assessment will be made of the elderly woman due to concerns noticed by the officers when they spoke to her at her home.

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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2 Responses

  1. Marianna Burt says:

    Am I the only person bothered by this story? Guess the defense attorney in me kicks in automatically. Details are sketchy both here & in the source article, but I am wondering about a rush to judgment. They do have due process in the UK, don’t they? Did the woman confess immediately? Perhaps she was caught in the act –if so, I withdraw my criticism. Otherwise I am wondering about probable cause to seize the cats & declare them stolen. Were these free ranging cats with no ID or microchip, or is it claimed that she broke into people’s houses to steal them? Would love to know her side of the story. Lots of missing pieces here! …

    • Elisa says:

      I’m wondering about her mental state. Also on how the owners identified their cats. Were they chipped? Did she admit they were stolen? I agree. Lot’s of unanswered questions on this one.

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