A nurse fears her decapitated silver tabby Alley has become the latest victim of the so-called Croydon Cat Killer (Picture: EmmaBlehs/BNPS)
A cat found decapitated may have been the latest victim of the notorious ‘Croydon Cat Killer’.
Emma Blehs, from Christchurch, Dorset, last saw her 10-year-old silver tabby Alley alive on Monday morning.
The 40-year-old discovered her beloved pet was dead after its corpse was brought into a vets the next day by a shocked member of the public.
The body was missing its head and tail, and Emma, who works as a nurse, has been told this is the signature of the serial killer.
She now believes Alley is a victim of the Croydon Cat Killer – a hypothetical individual or a group alleged to have killed, dismembered and decapitated over 700 cats across England since 2014.
Emma said: ‘It is not unusual for Alley to go out for the night but we then got a call from Natterjacks Vets in Bournemouth saying someone had brought her in missing her head and tail.
‘It is just horrific. How can someone be so cruel and sadistic? If your pet dies in a road traffic accident you can handle it but not this.
‘It upsets me to think what Alley went through and it takes a sick twisted person to do this to a cat.
Alley’s body was brought into a local vets by a shocked member of the public (Picture: EmmaBlehs/BNPS)
‘I have contacted the police, RSPCA and SNARL, who are investigating the cat killer.
‘They say that the fact Alley was missing her head and tail is the killer’s signature as he keeps trophies.
‘I have been warned that Alley’s head may turn up in the neighbouring gardens in the next few days fresh, following cold storage. This monster needs to be stopped.’
Police believe the animal was ‘killed deliberately’ and SNARL say Alley’s slaying bears all the hallmarks of the cat killer, who has struck as far a field as Manchester and the Isle of Wight, although the majority of the murders have taken place within the M25.
Emma said Alley was killed at an unknown location with a ‘clean cut’ then thrown into someone’s garden.
She said she could not believe anyone could be ‘sick enough’ to harm an animal in this way and urged other pet owners to be vigilant.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: ‘Dorset Police received a report at around 10.25am on Tuesday, November 2, from a vet in Bournemouth that the body of a cat had been found. It is believed that the cat was killed deliberately.
‘Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have been made aware and enquiries into the matter are ongoing.
‘Officers can be approached by members of the public with any concerns or information while on patrol.’
The horrific incident comes weeks after Treacle, a rescue tortoiseshell cat, was found beheaded and dumped in a front garden 30 miles away in Weymouth.
Tony Jenkins, co-founder of SNARL, said in the past week alone he had been informed of possible cases requiring further investigation in New Malden in south London, and Lancing and Brighton in East Sussex.
He said: ‘I have spoke to Emma and the vets and from preliminary investigations Alley’s death does sound like the work of the Croydon Cat Killer.
‘Their trademark is to cat off the hat and tail and then display the animal to inflict maximum trauma on the owner.
‘I’ve lost count of how many times they’ve struck since 2014. They don’t just kill cats, they do foxes and rabbits as well.
‘There must be 1,000 cases and maybe 70 to 80 per cent are cat killings.
‘The killer predominantly operates in the south east of England but occasionally ventures out to Manchester, Birmingham and the Merseyside.
‘They are highly devious and experienced, and target residential areas without CCTV.
The Metropolitan Police closed their investigation in 2018 as they could not find evidence, but anyone who says these injuries could have been caused by other animals or roadkill are being ludicrous.
‘I just hope the killer is eventually caught.’
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