An urgent please has been sent out (by me) to keep your cats inside if you live in the vicinity of Brighton in the UK. When this POC article was posted November 20 there were seven victims. The count has risen to 14.
The police are hunting the suspected killer who is knifing cats within the same square mile of Ditching Rose. The cats returned home with their intestines hanging out.
A Southwick Green cat owner, Emma Packer and her children are devastated after their cat Poppy came home last Friday. Poppy smashed against the catflap and collapsed on the landing once she pushed her way it. Emma says Poppy was bleeding everywhere.
In a report by The Argus, Emma described the horror
“My husband was covered in her blood and we rushed her to the vets and called the police. We just don’t have that sort of money (£3,000). We spoke to animal charity the PDSA and they said they would operate. But they then rang us back and said the operation was too much. They fixed the holes in Poppy but she had died shortly afterward.”
Poppy had been stabbed in the lung by a person with a knife, the veterinary clinic determined. Emma also said another of her cats came home limping the same night Poppy was attacked.
The Sussex police are dealing with multiple cat mutilations under “Operation Diverge.” According to Prevention Inspector Dan Hiles they’re investigating 14 reports of cats being injured in the city.
They’re asking the public to report any suspicious activity around the London Road railway station and the North Laine areas to report online sussex.police.uk/appealresponse or call 101 quoting “Operation Diverge.”
I just don’t understand why people who must have read the news continue to allow their cats to roam outside unsupervised when so many cats have mutilated. What’s it going to take to convince them the risk is too high? Are cat given more freedom outside in the UK than in the U.S.?