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SNARL believe M25 animal killer is still on the loose

 Published on: 3rd October 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

An animal charity says it’s not buying police claims that there is no so-called M25 animal killer after the case was officially closed. 

The MET police and the RSPCA revealed they were closing the files on the discovery of scores of mutilated domestic and wild animals discovered across the South East since 2016, including a number of cases in St Albans. 

However the South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty (SNARL) is not convinced. In a statement the charity said: “We are not going to criticise the police or RSPCA for their decision. We may not agree with it, but we accept that this is the way they wish to conclude.

“We are not going to lobby for them to reopen the case because we don’t believe they will do this. However, we greatly appreciate the massive outpouring of support we have received for everyone involved in this, including owners who have been most affected.

After the discovery of a mutilated pet in St Albans, Herts Police launched Operation Tupelo. Chief Inspector Stuart Orton who led the investigation, said: “I am pleased we can now confirm that the reports relating to the bodies of cats and rabbits in Hertfordshire have been attributed to natural predation activity, and are not the work of a human hand.

“I hope this conclusion brings comfort to pet owners who have, up until now, been frightened to let their animals out at night.”

Not everyone agrees though. A veterinary practice called upon to examine some of the bodies, said in a statement on its Facebook page: “Dear All, Grove Lodge would like to publicly come out and support SNARL in their continuing investigation into the horrific cat killings that have been occurring in the last few years – mainly in the South East.

“We have sadly had to examine a number of these poor animals and we feel professionally that these animals have not been killed by foxes/other wild animals. We hope that the MET reconsider their decision to close this case and that the perpetrator is caught soon.”

In a message on the St Albans Cat Owners Facebook group, one man commented: “Our Lurcher, Wilf, wandered in and dropped a rabbit’s head on the sofa, Turned out that a neighbour’s pet rabbit had gone missing a few days before and Wilf had found its head in our garden. Definitely foxes, there are loads round here and a family of five were living under another neighbour’s shed. I’ve never believed there’s been an M25 cat killer and now I definitely believe the car/fox hypothesis. It makes by far the most sense.” 

StAlbansNews has put in a Freedom of Information request asking how much the Herts police operation cost. 

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