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SNARL investigate cat found decapitated

By William Janes

A cat has been found decapitated and left on a garden table in Tonbridge.

South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty (SNARL) is investigating the incident, which took place on Sunday night, and believe the killing is the work of a so-called UK animal killer.

The group have already been out to the site in search of CCTV evidence.

The cat was found on a garden table. Stock image
The cat was found on a garden table. Stock image

Founder Tony Jenkins said the organisation yesterday confirmed the find was linked to his investigation into a series of animal deaths across the country.

So far he has documented over 700, all of which he claims bear the hallmarks of human involvement - often the creatures are found mutilated and left in gardens, driveways, near school gates, and in playgrounds.

"My personal feeling is that his big kick is to display them and horrify people," said Mr Jenkins. "He obviously likes to display his handy work. His passion is possibly not the enjoyment of killing animals but putting them on show, I can't say too much but the killings seem to be towards the 'artistic' side."

A Facebook appeal posted to the organisation's page has urged anyone who finds mutilated animals not to contact the Metropolitan Police and claims the force is being "deliberately obstructive."

However, others may be helpful.

Tony Jenkins of SNARL
Tony Jenkins of SNARL

Operation Takahe, the name given to the Metropolitan Police investigation, concluded in September.

The force said a review of CCTV evidence revealed foxes were seen carrying mutilated animals which officers believed were likely hit by cars.

SNARL advice on Facebook said: "Local police in Kent, Surrey and Thames Valley may investigate incidents, or may not, depending on who answers the phone, which is why we also tell victims to report to police, in case they do wish to attend but anything reported to the Met under Takahe will go nowhere.

"We are at an absolutely crucial stage in this case and it's vital we hear about everything at the time it occurs. Please continue to report incidents to us until this is over."

The group is also appealing for information about another mutilated cat found in Tonbridge on Tuesday, April 30.

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