Officers are also working closely with the Metropolitan Police as well as the RSPCA on an investigation into these crimes in order to bring the perpetrator to justice.
Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe:
- If possible, keep cats inside at night, or when you plan to be out of the house for long periods.
- Ensure that you have a cat flap, so that if threatened or scared, your cat can access your home straight away.
- If possible, check on your cats periodically whilst they are outside. Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on them, too.
- Bring guinea pigs, rabbits and outdoor animals inside.
- Maintain a strict feeding schedule, so that your cat gets into the habit of returning home for a meal at the same time every day.
- Do not leave your dogs tied up outside shops, particularly at night.
- Please also take note of any suspicious behaviour, for example if you see someone approaching animals, looking in people’s gardens or under vehicles. Safely record number plates and a description of the person involved.
“I want to reassure the public that we are taking these crimes seriously and will continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police who are investigating similar offences under Operation Takehe.
“We understand how important pets are to their owners and that cats are part of the family so it’s important to us that we investigate these crimes in order to bring the person/people responsible to justice.
“We would ask cat owners to consider the advice above; particularly whether to let cats out at night and also to remain vigilant and report anything they think is suspicious on 101 or in an emergency, 999.”