The animal rights organisation PETA has offered a reward of £1500 for information on the killer dubbed the “Maghull cat killer”.
Over the past eighteen months across a small area of England’s Maghull, thirteen cats have been attacked, with several of them being killed, according to Liverpool’s Echo News.
Some of the felines have been poisoned, others shot and some have injuries consistent with being kicked. Addressing the attacks to Sky News, the RSPCA has called the attacks brutal.
The local RSPCA have been part of the investigation with two shootings in Maghull in November 2016 and July this year.
PETA has become involved due to the fact that there is often a history of violence towards animals in the backgrounds of some serial killers, and they hope that by capturing the culprit now it may prevent them from escalating to killing people. PETA director Ellisa Allen said, “It’s imperative that any community faced with cruel and callous acts such as these take measures to find the culprit and bring him or her to justice.”
Lewis da Costa, the owner of the most recent victim, a ragdoll cat named Mo who was shot in the face by a pellet gun. Said he was lucky that Mo survived the attack but his family is now fearful of the killer coming back to finish the job and won’t let their cat outside anymore. He told Echo News that Mo “came flying in the house covered in blood, and there was blood all over the house and on the carpet. Mo was cowering under my daughter’s bed.” Da Costa is even worried to let her two young children play in the backyard anymore, as they cat had been shot in their yard and he is worried another shot my hit his children.
RSPCA spokesperson told Sky News, “We have been made aware of incidents involving cats being shot in the Patterdale Crescent area of Maghull, which we find very concerning. We urge anyone who has any information about these incidents to contact us on 0300 123 8018. “It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenceless animals. These are deliberate and brutal acts of cruelty. Cats and wildlife are normally the animals that are more susceptible to these incidents simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them. Unfortunately, air rifle attacks are not as rare as we would like. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal.”
The recent attacks echo the 2015 “Croydon Cat Killer” case, where a man was arrested for the deaths of at least five cats in a spate of killings that saw more than 246 cats murdered around Northampton.