We have another distressing report to share regarding the horrendous killings of animals across the UK. The police are currently investigating the fatal mutilation of a beloved pet rabbit and linking it to the Croydon cat killer, now renamed to the UK animal killer.
The body of Teddy was found by the owner in the hutch in the garden in Harpenden, Herefordshire. Both the Hertfordshire police and the animal charity SNARL are examining the crime and focusing on whether the killing is linked to the hundreds that have occurred during the past couple of years. The rabbit owner has chosen to remain anonymous said that the person responsible had climbed into their high walled garden to kill and mutilate Teddy.
It’s a distressing story that unfortunately is becoming more common and it appears that there is one person responsible. Just last week the Hertfordshire police confirmed that a cat that was killed in Potter’s Bar was linked to the Croydon cat killer. The injuries of Taz were consistent with other animals and cats that have been found in the UK.
Around 250 cats and an unknown number of foxes and rabbits have been targeted since 2015. SNARL state that they see no evidence to suggest that the killings are being replicated by others. It is highly possible for one person to be responsible. Tony Jenkins, head of SNARL says “This person is a very clever psychopath” The killer avoids CCTV and appears to be forensically aware. It’s also possible that the man travels for work.
Operation Takahe was launched by the Met Office to investigate all of the animal’s deaths. Some of the corpses have been re-examined in the last couple of months at a brand new forensic lab in Surrey.
There is a £10,000 reward offered by Peta UK and Outpaced for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction for the person or persons responsible for the deaths and mutilations of the cats, rabbits and foxes that have been discovered in the following areas:
- Greater London
- West Midlands
Stay aware, keep your pets close and don’t allow cats out after dark when most of the attacks seem to take place.