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Pet Detectives Search for Missing Cats

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Louise Catchpole

Pet Detectives Search for Missing Cats

In the past 8 months, 211 cats have gone missing from a town in Suffolk, England named Ipswick.

Cat owners Louise Catchpole and Deni Parkes have grown frustrated with the local police so have decided to take matters into there own and solve this mystery.

Creating a Facebook page, they have joined forces with other cat lovers and set up a website which now has 2,664 members, to try to find those responsible for the missing cats.

Deni said; “I realise cats go missing as they get run over but not in these numbers.”

“I know of one person who had three cats vanish overnight.”

“That isn’t normal which is why we set up the site and database to help track the missing cats.”

Louise has two kittens Nigella and Rupert that were snatched but found days later after being tortured with fur ripped off and burns.

She said, “It’s extremely worrying. I appreciate that cats go missing.”

“It’s in their nature to roam, but too many have gone.”

“The bodies of the cats are not turning up as you would expect if they had been in an accident and run over by a car.

“These are neutered, friendly animals.”

“They are the type that wouldn’t run away if they were ­petted, so they are easy prey for the evil so-and-sos taking them.”

Louise has kept her cats indoors since they were snatched last year.

Adding, “They have gone in clusters. We will hear that a few have disappeared over a few nights, then it will stop.”

“It all seems very, very odd. This many cats don’t go missing. There are no bodies in bins or on the roads. They are just gone.”

“The police have been sympathetic, but they are pretty powerless unless they catch someone red-handed.”

“But something needs to be done.”

“Surely someone must know what is going on who will tell us or the police, so we can stop it.”

Toni Clarke is now convinced that her ­missing Siamese cat Clooney is also a victim.

She said: “The past 17 months have been a daily search.”

“We’ve even had tracker dogs out to find him and they’ve come up with nothing. All they came up with is a dead fox.”

“And the fact is Clooney wouldn’t just run away.”

“He’s more like a dog in that respect and stays close to home. Sadly, I don’t think the police take it at all seriously.”

The group filmed a man and woman enticing cats into a car and gave the Suffolk police the footage.

Deni said: “The police were handed evidence of a woman who spent six ­minutes enticing two cats with treats.”

“Once they came near she grabbed them one by one and put them in a ­waiting car being driven by a second person.

“Only for the fact this had been seen were the cats released.”

“We are still waiting for feedback from the police about what they plan to do.”

“It is frustrating when we forward information, are working hard to establish what is happening, to be met with silence.”

“Some might be glad, because they don’t like cats, but if a crime is being committed in your community against cats, ask yourself what other crime are these people capable of?”

“I know if 200 dogs were missing there would be an uproar, because by law they are better protected than cats, and cats are classified as ‘roamers’.”

Ipswich police Sgt Mark Thomas said: “We understand the distress and upset caused when a cat is missing or lost, but officers have had no evidence to suggest that cats are being stolen or ill-treated on a large scale.”

Louise said: “You can make a dog very angry using a cat as bait.

“Once they have a taste for killing they move on to a real fight. It enhances the odds for illegal bookmakers and there is lots of money in it.”

Even more worrying is the fact that cruelty to animals can be an early sign of a psychopath in the making.

Whatever the reason, the case is not unique.

Last month, 30 cats were ­reported missing from the small town of Irthlingborough, in Northants.

Louise said: “It’s frightening. It’s as if these people are roaming around hunting the cats.

“It makes my blood run cold.

“If these people are prepared to wander on to my property, take my cats and torture them what else are they prepared to do?”

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Pet Detectives Search for Missing Cats

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