The Cat-Killer of Saint Pierre la Mer
Tension looms over a seaside French village with the news of a serial cat killer who has reportedly poisoned more than 200 cats within a span of one month. Many of the cats were found dead or dying on sidewalks, vomiting blue substances in Saint Pierre la Mer, 55 miles south-west of Montpellier in the south of France.
Both strays and domestic cats we found dead. The Local Society for the Protection of Stray Cats has filed a criminal complaint to the police and requested that autopsies of the dead animals may be performed. The high number of deaths in such a short span has villagers suspicious and on the edge. The series of cat deaths in this French village has prompted speculation from the villagers that there could be a "serial cat killer" on the loose. The identity of the suspected serial cat killer remains unknown.
Amid reports that birds and rodents have also been found dead, and that even children could be in danger of ingesting the poisonous substance, The Society for the Protection of Animals has reportedly been under pressure and has been receiving numerous calls from the local residents.
According to French daily Ouest-France, another resident exclaimed, “The atmosphere has become hateful, nobody trusts anyone." Another concerned local said "We’re all afraid a child might ingest some of this mystery poison.”
The death of cats has been blamed on many things, including rat poison and cannabis. In one small area leading to the beach, some 50 dead cats were picked up in one week. Cops suspect that a twisted suspect is deliberately killing the cats. The motives of the culprit, however, remain a mystery to the locals.
"Does he want to attack stray cats or is he targeting gulls?" asked Andre Ruiz, deputy mayor in charge of security. Many took to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their concern about the serial cat killer.
Post-mortem examinations conducted by the Animal Protection Society (SPA) found shotgun pellets of lead, coolant liquid, and cannabis in the animals' stomachs. The serial poisoner is believed to have put these products in lumps of food. The Investigations suggest that the cats are being fed at night. The village reportedly suffered a similar instance of cat poisoning five years earlier.
The Cat Ripper of Croydon
The cat killings in France remind us of the gruesome M25 Croydon cat killings of 2014 that took the lives of more than 250 felines in greater London, mostly around towns that border the M25 Croydon. In this case, the culprit killed the animals by cutting their heads or tails off. The police are still in search of the "Croydon Cat Killer."
The Croydon Cat Killer (which could be an unidentified individual or a group of individuals) has been spreading their activity across and around London since then. There were reports of more killings in 2015 and 2016 including those from other parts of England.
The killer has also killed squirrels, foxes and rabbits and is now dumping body parts of animals around the southeast of London. South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL), the charity which has led investigations into the deaths of the cats in the UK, believes the same killer has struck in Surrey, Hampshire, Bedfordshire and Kent.
Additionally, there have been some ugly cat slaughters in Crystal Palace, Mitcham, Streatham, Peckham, Charlton, Richmond, Orpington and Farnborough in South London and Finchley, Tottenham and Archway in north London.
According to an article in Croydon Guardian, the Investigation into the UK Cat Killer's murders will be featured on a BBC One show titled The Met, a six-part documentary that follows London police officers as they carry out numerous investigations across the capital.
In February 2016, the animal rights charity PETA UK offered a £5,000 reward (raised from an initial £2,000 in December 2015) to "anyone providing information to the police that leads to the arrest and conviction of the serial cat killer (or killers)." The cops also have come up with a £10,000 reward that is on offer to anyone who helps nail the killer.
Neighbors Now Search for Cat Rippers in Horror
In both countries, the serial killings have terrorized cat owners and locals. Between the lynchings in the UK and the poisonings in Saint Pierre la Mer village in France, these killings are certainly disturbing. While investigations go on in both France and the UK, and as the domestic and stray cats in these countries continue to die one after the other, both the serial cat killers remain unidentified and out of police's reach to date.
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