The owners of pet cats in Kemptville have become very concerned about their animals following the discovery of a number of cats that had been slaughtered and left in gardens and roadsides. This is not the first time this kind of outrage has been reported in Kemptville, although it is more often something associated with Halloween.
A large percentage of pet cats seem to be going missing in Kemptville, if you look at B&H’s info board and also other places around town; it is unknown how many of these cats have been found, returned, or returned on their own. Cats do roam, and there are many ways a cat could go missing here. In the community, people are noticing that the cats seem to be missing from areas close to the downtown or off Clothier St. We live in a community that has a number of species that will attack cats, such as coyotes; the green spaces we have allow for non domesticated animals to travel.
Finds of cats killed in ritualistic ways need to be reported to the OPP, but it is not something that they can handle under normal circumstances. After all, it is not always possible to know whether the animals were killed by humans, or by other animals. However, the state these cats were in when they were found tends to support the idea that they were killed by people and dismembered. Sometimes cats will go off on their own, also, especially when they are ill. However, two separate incidences that have been reported are unusual in that each cat was found dismembered in a way that is uncommon for an animal attack.
One Kemptville resident who discovered one of these cats in her garden is very confident that this was not done by another predator animal, but by a person. She has contacted vets, the humane society and the OPP who sent an officer to look at the remains. In canvassing other neighbours, she learned of two other dead cats matching this description.
If community members discover the remains of a cat or other animal and are suspicious that it is not an animal attack, the OPP can conduct further investigations. The Humane Society for Animal Cruelty no longer does investigations. Alternatively, contact us at the NG Times, and we can pass on the reports to the OPP. In the meantime, if you have a cat that goes outside at night, consider keeping it inside.
Whether the killers are human or animal, this is a growing concern and needs to be guarded against. Further finds of dead cats, unless obviously either through accidents or natural causes, can be reported to the OPP, so that they can establish a pattern; as well as to the Times, and we will pass on the reports to the OPP.
The cat pictured here is Libby, a 17-year old outdoor cat. She hasn’t been seen since 8:30 pm on Monday the 1st. She’s very friendly with people, even strangers. She’s all grey, including the pads of her paws, and much of her fur has been bleached orange by being outside. If you see Libby, please contact the Times at 613-215-0735 and we’ll get word to her owners.
Be careful of your pet.