One pet owner who set up a Facebook page to help search for her missing cat Moses has uncovered a disturbing trend in Timaru.
After Ashleigh Hicks had created the group #freethefurbabies, she was inundated with requests from locals to join and soon found they too were missing pet cats.
Moses is believed to be one of a possible 50 cats to disappear from Timaru this year alone.
“A common factor I have noticed in the majority of these stories is that the cats simply disappeared for no particular reason, cats that don’t tend to wander far,” Hicks told The Guardian.
“We all thought this is too much of a coincidence and suspected foul play.”
Ralphy is believed to be one of 50 cats that have disappeared in Timaru. Photo: Danyelle Loach/Facebook
Members of the Facebook group begun gathering information, including times and dates of the disappearances, photographs of the missing pets and witness accounts.
One member said last year all three of her cats disappeared in the space of three months.
Similar stories have since emerged, with many of the people Hicks has spoken to believing their pets have been taken by a single person.
According to Hicks, as many has 18 cats have gone missing from Timaru in the past two months, many of them from the same area.
Oddly enough, people in Timaru haven’t linked this to the very good takeaway deals on offer.
– Yahoo! News