The following is a summary of the update from Tony and Boudicca of SNARL:
Why don’t the figures quoted by the RSPCA and Police agree with those of SNARL?
The Metropolitan Police and RSPCA released confirmed figures of 19 deaths attributed to the “M25 Cat Killer” on Wednesday 13 April 2016.
SNARL’s vet originally conducted 10 post mortems and 2 examinations on body parts which were confirmed as having being the result of a human mutilating the bodies with a bladed weapon, the cat’s deaths (where we had bodies and not body parts) being caused by blunt force trauma.
Of those 12, 4 bodies went to the RSPCA in Jan/Feb for further examination and were confirmed as the same – deaths by blunt force trauma, followed by cuts to the bodies made with a bladed weapon.
The RSPCA has further conducted post mortems on another 15 bodies, bringing their total of confirmed cases up to 19 and SNARL’s total of confirmed cases up to 27.
This does not include the nine animals killed between September 2015 and April 2016, were SNARL were not able to retrieve the bodies, which they attribute mostly to Croydon Council’s unwillingness to work with them.
In order to include a case where they have not retrieved the body, SNARL has a number of markers they look for, including wounds, first person description, photo, vets report and a number of other checks that they are not making public. The same criteria is applied to historical cases.
Additional to this and still awaiting confirmation are the following:
Mac, found in Streatham on 6 March 2016
Storm, found in Stretton Road Addiscombe on 10 March 2016
Oreo, found in Frimley Green on 17 March 2016
Louie, found in Chislehurst on 21 March 2016 whose death they believe is linked to this case
An unidentified light tortoiseshell/ tabby cat found in Ruislip on 24 March 2016, whose death they believe is linked
Lulu, found decapitated on 2 April 2016 outside her home in Kingston, whose death they believe is linked.
Bertie, found decapitated outside his home in Camberley on 4 April 2016, whose death they believe is linked.
Buddy, found murdered in Forest Hill on 8 April 2016.
A fox cub’s head found in Shirley on 12 April 2016 which they are pretty sure is related as it meets a number of the criteria
The paw of a rabbit found last week, not sure yet if related
The body of a hare/rabbit found in Yateley at the weekend, which they are very sure is related as it meets all criteria
That’s 46 and possibly 47.
In addition to this, for every case they have, they have at least one other and in some cases, two to three other, historical cases, of which 50 have met their very strict criteria for inclusion over the past few months and of which approx 50 have come in over the past six weeks and which have been included as they meet at least 6 of 8 criteria.
Tony and Boudicca of SNARL are still going through the last 50 to confirm them so can’t give an accurate figure at present. In this 50 odd cases, they have already ruled out road traffic accidents and victims who appear to have been murdered but whose deaths do not match this case.
However, SNARL believes the toll over the past two years could be over 100 murders of cats, foxes and rabbits in the greater London, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex and Bedfordshire areas.
The police and RSPCA figures are not incorrect, they have just started counting in a different place, with the bodies they have as evidence. Criminal prosecutions by and large rely on physical evidence, which is why it is so important that we be notified when a murdered animal is found, to secure it.
We would ask that everyone please continue to share our pinned post so that people are aware of the issue and can keep their cats safe and so that we can continue to retrieve bodies of victims to ensure a robust criminal prosecution when the time finally arrives.
Stark statistics do not show the swathes of grief, anguish and pain these murders have caused.
We would like to thank the families of the victims and the finders who continue to talk to us, meet with us, pick up the phone to us, to say the words we are now used to hearing:
“I found my cat beheaded in my garden and no-one did anything”;
“My fox had two cubs and I watched them grow up. One day …”;
“My cat went out for a wander before bedtime and never came home. When we found his body, the vet said that the wounds had been caused by a human being”;
“I saw half a cat in a bush, cleanly cut, whilst walking my kids to school. I shielded my children’s eyes but they saw it and I didn’t know what to do”;
“Hi, I’m A from B vets in (several locations across London). I;ve got the body of a cat here and I’ve never seen anything so disturbing in my life.”
The courage they have shown in their willingness to open old wounds and to pick at new ones, to talk to us despite their ongoing grief and trauma, has been remarkable.
Our thoughts remain with the finders and with each of the victim’s families.
Tony and Boudicca
Following on from the previous information posted, SNARL is distributing flyers with vital information on how to keep pets safe and what to do if you come across a victim.
Please read and share.
You can download a copy, here: Cat killer flyer general
If you hear about any further domestic or wild animals been injured or found dead with the following:
Slashed neck/ decapitation and/or
Slashed belly and/or
Organs removed and/or
Pelvis removed and/or
Tail removed and/or
Leg/tail removed and/or
Any other injury which looks like it is a knife wound
1. Ask the person to contact SNARL on 07957 830 490 or mobile 07961 030064 immediately
2. Report the finding to the police either by calling 999 if they are at the scene or 101 if it is some time since they saw/ found the body/ parts.
It is ABSOLUTELY VITAL that the body/parts are safeguarded and SNARL will come out, even if it is after hours to collect any body or body parts for examination by the vet working on this case.
If the animal is still alive please take him or her straight to the vet for treatment and call us as soon as you can afterwards.
If you see anyone behaving suspiciously, particularly if they are carrying a knife or bladed weapon, please call 999 (this advice comes directly from the police) immediately.
on Facebook: South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty – SNARL
and on Twitter at @SNARLLondon
PETA are also offering a reward for information that leads to a conviction. More details here.