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Mutilated cat in Saffron Way, Sittingbourne, believed to be linked to M25 cat killer

A dead cat found in a seated position outside a house in Sittingbourne had parts of its body "deliberately cut off".

Animals Lost and Found in Kent say a member of the public alerted them to the dead animal outside a property in Saffron Way on Monday.

A statement on the organisation's website said: "The cat was sitting in front of a door on a path in a seated position, she thought the cat was alive until she went to stroke the cat and quickly realised the cat was no longer with us."

Animals Lost and Found in Kent work to reunite missing pets with their owners
Animals Lost and Found in Kent work to reunite missing pets with their owners

A volunteer from the animal charity, which works to reunite missing pets with their owners, attended and after noticing some "oddities" brought the body back to its headquarters.

The statement added: "Part of the cat's body looked as though they had been deliberately cut off with a sharp blade.

"Photographs were taken and passed to the police."

The cat was male, about 10 to 13-years-old, tabby and neutered. It was not wearing a collar and was not microchipped. Its owners are now being sought.

Animals Lost and Found said it filed the incident under Operation Takahe - the name for the Metropolitan Police's investigation into the so-called M25 cat killer, who is believed to have struck hundreds of times over the last two years, mostly in London and Kent.

Last month a dead cat was found in Chatham with injuries thought to be similar to those suffered by other animals attacked by the same suspected individual.

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