“KEEP YOUR CATS INDOORS” WARNING AS TWO MOGGIES ARE KILLED ON TRIANGLE
RESIDENTS are being urged to keep their cats indoors by an animal charity after two cats were killed and beheaded in the Triangle area of Crystal Palace.
One cat was found in St Aubyn’s Road, another headless cat in Coxwell Road which runs down the left hand side of Sainsbury’s into the back of the multi-storey car park, and a headless fox found dead in Stoney Lane.
The animal charity PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – are offering a £5,000 reward to help catch the Croydon cat killer believed to have been responsible for the deaths of more than 30 cats over the past two years.
PETA associate director Elisa Allen said: “PETA is issuing a red alert to remind Croydon residents that cats are always safest inside, out of the reach of malicious criminals, disease, cars and many other dangers.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes, history shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals appear regularly in the records of serial rapists and murderers.
Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.
“The best way to keep cats healthy and safe is to keep them inside at all times – with plenty of toys and catnip, a clean litter tray and an easily accessible cat scratcher” they add.
Metropolitan Police have issued the following statement:
On Wednesday, 20 January a PCSO on routine patrol in the Crystal Palace Triangle area received a third party report of the of two cats found beheaded in adjacent streets and a fox killed nearby, all in 200m radius of each other near Stoney Lane, SE19.
No animal bodies relating to this incident were found by police.
Enquiries into the circumstances of these incidents are being carried out by the Crystal Palace Triangle Team. Local CCTV footage is being examined.
An officer who is already dealing with other incidents around Croydon is investigating and also liaising with South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL).
There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.
Police are urging anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Crystal Palace Triangle Team on 020 8721 2906 or call Croydon Police on 101.
PETA are urging anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
Further reading: Bromley News Shopper website: Two cats ‘beheaded’ in Crystal Palace – has the Croydon cat killer struck again? Jess Bell, reporter / Tuesday 26 January 2016 / Bromley gives details of the cats descriptions.
Croydon Guardian report says a street cleaner reportedly made the grim discovery between 5.30am and 6am on Monday, January 18.