A cat serial killer is feared to be slaughtering Croydon pets. Cat owners have been urged to keep their pets indoors after the recent attacks as police continue to investigate the killings of two cats in the last fortnight.
Wayne Bryant found his missing cat, Amber, slain last Saturday (October 24) in what appears to be the latest attack.
Bryant told EastLondonLines: “It has affected all of us badly she [Amber] was part of our family and now she’s gone.”
He described the killer as “sick” and said he believes “the police are not paying enough attention”.
“I hope that everyone is more vigilant and takes care of their pets, it won’t bring our Amber back but might save somebody else’s beautiful pet,” Bryant added.
Amber, who had a “cheeky loveable nature”, had been part of the Bryant family for the last eight years.
She was last seen playing with the family dog in the kitchen about 1.30pm last Friday (October 23).
Another two cats, Ukiyo and Mosh, disappeared from Dalmally Road on the same day last month.
Ukiyo was found dead on a neighbour’s doorstep 20 houses down, while Mosh was found near home several weeks later in a distressed state.
More than 20 cats have been attacked in the last two years, but a total of 34 cats in and near Croydon have been reported missing, dead or injured to the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL).
Boudicca Rising from SNARL said: “SNARL were besieged by people contacting them after they shared a post on Facebook from another page about four cats killed in Addiscombe.
“The RSPCA and police say they are investigating, but in truth the RSPCA said on ITV news that they had no cases reported to them.
“The police have 15 cases on file, which they have closed.
“We can also confirm that the post mortem from Amber has come back and she was definitely killed by a human being, there is no sign of animal interference on her body.
“We have samples to give to the police, however police have confirmed that they are not prepared to test Amber’s body for DNA.
“We are at the stage where we are begging the police and RSPCA to work with us.”
The Metropolitan Police insisted it is working with the RSPCA to investigate the killings.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “It must be very distressing for the owners to find their cats in this way.
“Thankfully acts of deliberate violence against dead cats are rare and thorough research has shown that these kind of injuries can be caused by wildlife after death and due to the small teeth it leaves a very clean wound.
“This would not even be apparent to a vet without an in depth post mortem.”
Anyone with information should call the Croydon CID Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 ref 3830910/15 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.