Croydon Cat Killer Does Not Exist

The Metropolitan police have come to the conclusion that the Croydon Cat Killer does not exist. They have decided that the 400 cats allegedly killed by a person or persons were in fact killed in road traffic accidents. Their bodies were then scavenged and partially eaten by foxes.

Police investigating Croydon Cat Killer
Police investigating Croydon Cat Killer. Photo: Alamy
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SNARL are surprised

The decision goes against earlier evidence which provided an indication that the cuts on the mutilated cats were made by a human. The rescue charity working with the police, South Norwood Animal Rescue League (SNARL), are surprised at the Metropolitan police’s announcement. They have gathered evidence over the last three years which does indicate, they say, human involvement. They add that they have expert opinion to back it up.

Killed by cars and eaten by foxes

The investigation was launched in 2015 into reports of mutilated cats in the Croydon area initially and then across England. The Metropolitan police now say that 25 post-mortem examinations have been carried out. They found no evidence of human involvement in the killing and mutilation of the cats.

The Met police say:

“[The injuries inflicted on cats were] likely to be the result of predation or scavenging by wildlife on cats killed in vehicle collisions”.

As a consequence, all the killings are now going to be recorded as “no crime”.


They followed up on six suspicious cases identified by post-mortem examinations. They found that there was CCTV footage which indicated that foxes carrying pet body parts occurred on three occasions. Of these six suspicious cases, the head of veterinary forensic pathology at the Royal Veterinary College found puncture wounds not previously seen. She concluded that some of the animals had been scavenged.

The police had thought that a single person was moving around the country killing and mutilating cats to make a statement. They have now discounted that idea.

Chief Inspector Stuart Orton of the Hertfordshire police said:

“Evidence suggests the animals had been predated by foxes – in a rabbit’s case after being removed from a hutch, and in a cat’s case after death, likely caused by a road traffic collision.”

Closure for cat owners?

They hope that their assessment brings comfort to pet owners. I doubt that it has. I suspect that there will be many upset cat owners. However, if one is brutally honest, it does highlight the dangers encountered by domestic cats allowed to roam freely in England. And let’s remember that 99.5% of all domestic cats in England are allowed to roam freely. Vehicular collisions with cats are not uncommon. Many cats live in urban areas where there is lots of road traffic.

Personally, it still surprises me that the default situation with respect to cat ownership in England is to let cats wander where they want to. I would hope that people reflect on their decision and that some cat owners will now confine their cats to their home and the back garden (yard).

The Metropolitan police’s decision puts the onus of responsibility on cat owners. It is for this reason that they might be upset at the police’s conclusions.


The general backlash from Internet users who are cat lovers is that the Metropolitan police are divesting themselves of this investigation because it is taking up too much time and no progress is being made. They argue that the police have given up and therefore found a reason why they should stop.

This is supported by experienced vets from Grove Lodge Veterinary Group on Facebook who say they are certain the cuts on the mutilated bodies are man made. They want the case reopened.

Source: BBC and thanks to Alexander for the heads up.

6 thoughts on “Croydon Cat Killer Does Not Exist”

  1. There is backstory to this shutdown of Operation Takahe. A few months ago a crusty, cat hating professor of biology had his “opinion” on this published in New Scientist. He knows a few higher up types and as he did several years ago on a different set of cat murders with mutilation, he managed to get this investigation shut down. This nasty, increasingly irrelevant proff, desperately clinging to his tenure, based his opinion on some dodgy old footage of a fox carrying a rotting cat head down a street.

    Dragging out the head of the RCVS as a definitive provider of re-examination of post mortem is a bit of a joke as top brass at royal colleges rarely actually practice hands on.

    The met chose to shut the op down in the meanest most derogatory manner possible, they have caused more distress to already traumatised stewards of victims.

    This whole sad episode stinks. Maybe someone of “note” has been discovered as the cat killer and shutting down the op was what was decided to save embarrassment of a socially significant person. The english are good at cowardice and protecting the higher ups.

    Whatever the met police or nasty old professors say, there is a cat killer or killers murdering cats across parts of the country.

    The UK is not a safe place for cats to roam freely.

    Keep your cats safe, keep them in at night!!

  2. I find this decision startling. Seems there was enough evidence from the beginning to warrant a criminal search, now suddenly this denial of the existence of a cat killer? 😠😱

  3. Another cat-nutter “casus belli” evaporates like a vampire exposed to sunlight. These pathetic “people” will have to find some other reason to shriek and flail. No worries, they will–they’re addicted to attention, however fleeting.

    • Don’t be so nasty. There is no need for it. There were genuine reasons to believe it was a person. Stop being a troll and try and write sensible comments that are not full of bile.

      • Perhaps you’re not paying attention. There are reasons why finding out this is yet another “frantic fraud” is no surprise. Alley Cat Allies has turned it into a money making scheme: every time they photograph a dead cat in an alley or on a roadway, they scream about how it was a VICTIM of a CAT-HATER, and beg for money to find the perpetrator and bring him to justice! Of course there never is one, but ACA never gives any of the money back. There is ALWAYS a need for the truth–the more so that you and your shrink from it like vampires from a crucifix whenever you’re exposed to it. Khalas.

        • It appears more and more that people who don’t have cats aren’t cat haters. The only real cat-haters on this planet are those that falsely claim to love cats while throwing cats under the wheels of cars.


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