Fears of cat killer on the loose in Devon as six pets die on the same street and others are tortured with a cigarette lighter
- Tight-knight community in Paignton say cats have been killed over two years
- Horrific attacks have seen cat’s genitals being burned with a cigarette lighter
- Neighbours raised £1,000 which they are offering as award in bid to find killer
The tight-knight community are fearing for the lives of cats after six felines were killed on the same street.
Neighbours in Paignton, Devon, say they have been repeatedly targeted for nearly two years by the animal torturer dubbed the Paignton Predator.
The police and RSPCA are investigating the horrific nature of the attacks – which include the pets returning home with burns to their genitals and objects inserted inside them.
Furious neighbours in Paignton, Devon, say they have been repeatedly targeted for nearly two years by the animal torturer dubbed the Paignton Predator. Pictured a cat called Princess who was murdered in Paignton in 2016
Cat owners are desperate to catch the killer and fear the death toll will rise if they are not apprehended.
The murders have galvanised the community and neighbours are attempting to raise £1,000 to offer as a reward for anyone who has information on the killer.
Debbie Johnson set up a Just Giving page fundraise money and so far it has raised £695.
She said: ‘To date at least six cats have succumbed to this attacker.
‘We aim to share info and set up a collection to get funds to offer a reward to anyone who can help bring this person to justice, securing arrest and conviction of said person.’
Phil and Yvonne Harrison lost their cats Ziggy and Tayou but were shocked to discover that other neighbours have also lost others in similar circumstances.
All the attacks happened to pets living near numbers 12-16 Roundham Road, or directly opposite.
Phil, 62, believes that the cat killer is targeting pets that belong to vulnerable owners.
He said: ‘It’s really sad because it’s quite a peaceful neighbourhood, with a very low crime rate.
‘Police sent out a letter in mid December saying this has been happening and asking people to be vigilant and asking for anybody with information to contact them and warning that the person responsible would be guilty of animal cruelty.
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His wife Yvonne added: ‘So far we’ve had very little help investigating this. My visually impaired husband has been left to investigate this by himself, and has been attempting to set up a neighbourhood watch with no support, other than from fellow neighbours.
‘RSPCA keep saying they’ll ‘get back to us’, and ‘are investigating’ but nothing is happening so far, and the local cats are in significant danger. We’ve now bought a GPS tracker for our cat, so we can see where she is at all times, and keep her in at night.’
Phil said he has two sons with autism who have been desperately upset by the cruelty and deaths of Ziggy and Tayour.
In 2016 Lucy Robson, said her 18-month-old cat Princess had been ‘tortured and completely mangled’ by thugs who also cut all her fur with scissors.
Princess, whose home was in the Kings Ash area about 3 miles from the Roundham Road attacks, was strung up in a noose before having acid poured over her face in a sickening attack – resulting in he being put down.
Another elderly neighbour in Roundham Road, said they is still too upset to talk after the death of her ginger tom, Sam, who died after having objects stuffed inside it’s back passage in Spring 2017.
Princess, pictured just before her death, had been ‘tortured and completely mangled’ by thugs who also cut all her fur with scissors
Another elderly neighbour has lost his two cats Alice and Lilly.
Alice suffered a horrific crush injury, which the vet said was not caused by a road accident and had to be put down, while Lilly was left incontinent after being attacked and had to be put down because of internal injuries
Ziggy was attacked in spring 2017, suffering a broken femur and burnt-off whiskers. A pin was fitted in her leg, costing a £1300 vet bills.
Sam was attacked spring 2017 and suffered a number of horrific injuries including items stuffed into his internal cavities.
Tayou was attacked November 2018 and died from his injuries last month.
Tayou’s penis was burnt off with a cigarette lighter and he suffered anal burns and burnt off whiskers.
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