Last month, the Scotland Yard officially ended their 3-year investigation into the elusive “Croydon cat killer” as they found no evidence of human involvement.
The decision to just ditch the hunt was met with a lot of criticism from animal lovers, who believe that the cat serial killer is still at large.
Previously, the police ‘accused’ foxes of the appalling cat killings in Croydon, South London, that took place in 2015. SNARL (South Norwood Animal Rescue & Liberty) has released a statement on Facebook in which they disagree with Scotland Yard’s decision and ask for the investigation to be continued.
They pointed out four gruesome cases which support their theory about a human being the croydon cat killer. The cats were horribly mutilated and decapitated, and their theory is backed up by cat behaviorist Anita Kelsey.
Kelsey says that it’s just impossible for a fox to kill a cat in that way, and kill that many cats as well.
Although she admits foxes are opportunists and scavengers, they always go for the easy kill such as injured animals. Furthermore, Kelsey explained that cats and foxes live side-by-side in urban areas.
So the unusual deaths were most likely not done by foxes.
According to Benjamin Cook, who lived in Croydon in November 2015 when the killings occurred, decapitated or dismembered cats showed up in the town completely all of a sudden. He claims that he saw one dismembered feline body and that the cuts were far too clean to be done by a fox. The rumors swirled right after a few cats were found.
Scotland Yard, on the other hand, based their theory on CCTV videos which showed foxes dragging bodies of dismembered cats.
On three occasions in 2017, foxes were caught carrying the remains of a few cats, and the police are sure the scavengers did it.
Still, it will take a lot more than that to convince animal lovers that’s the case. They are supported by the RSPCA and back their decision to end the hunt for a human killer. It remains to be seen if the police were right in this case.