Do you know someone in the Bridgewater or Taunton area of Somerset who hates cats. Perhaps because of a garden dispute? As reported in the Telegraph it is feared that the recent spate of killings may be the handiwork of the same person thought to be behind 34 other cat deaths in Somerset in the past few years.
All the cats have been killed by eating food laced with antifreeze, which causes the animals to suffer a slow and painful death.
Police and animal welfare workers have previously investigated a series of similar cat deaths in Bridgwater and Stogursey, Somerset.
But pet owners and police fear the so-called “cold cat killer” is now targeting the feline population in nearby Taunton where the most recent deaths occurred.
All 14 cats have been found dead within one mile of each other in Priorswood, Taunton, in the past month and several more have been reported missing.
Should a reward not be offered?
It seem’s strange to us that the only reward being offered to catch the killer is £1000 put up by PETA. The RSPCA and Avon and Somerset Police said its inspectors were investigating the latest deaths. But if no one comes forward with information the killer won’t be caught.
Another 34 cats are believed to have died as a result of poisoning in the Bridgwater area over the last four years.
In 2008, 18 cats were killed after ingesting antifreeze in Bridgwater, while 16 have been found dead in the last four years a few miles away in Stogursey.
The cats died agonising deaths after ingesting the harmful chemical, which the culprit had soaked into biscuits, cat nibbles or chicken fillets.
Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces a six-month prison sentence and a £20,000 fine under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Anyone with information about a suspect should contact the
RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or Somerset police.