The city of Blue Mountains in Australia is surrounded by a national park. There are special rules in the city and environs about outside cats preying on wildlife because wildlife in that area is particularly important to the local authority. Cats preying on wildlife can be legally trapped and placed in a shelter or returned to their owner.
However, residents of the area are reporting that 65 cats have gone missing. One woman found her cat strung up under the branch of a tree; basically hanged. Another woman found her cat strung up by a leg. The cat was alive but has a permanent limp. Many others wait for the return of their cat.
To all intents and purposes there is strong circumstantial evidence indicating that there are vigilantes roaming around the streets of Blue Mountains killing outside cats at will and doing it in an overt and sadistic way to send a message to cat owners. Despite this the local council has not received any complaints about missing cats and neither has the RSPCA. This is extraordinary because residents are talking amongst themselves about missing cats and talking to the press about it while those charged with enforcing the law haven’t heard about it.
There is obviously a massive disconnect between the citizens and the authorities. Either that or the council is being less than honest. I suspect that they do know about it and don’t mind if it continues. These are multiple crimes being ignored.
My reading of the story indicates that the city of Blue Mountains is a place where the greatest proportion of people who hate cats live. If that is true then it also contains the greatest proportion of cat owners who are neglectful and careless with their cats because they let them roam outside in full knowledge that there are vigilantes out there killing them. Then they complain about their missing cats. That’s equally extraordinary in my opinion.
I have dictated this from memory because the source of the story is The Daily Telegraph in Australia but I can’t access the page again without paying a subscription. Therefore I cannot return to the story for verification. However, as mentioned, the surprising aspect of it is the very large number of cats going missing, cat owners continuing to let their cats go outside and thirdly neither the police, the RSPCA, nor the local authority know anything about it. It’s anarchy.
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