A sick criminal operating in the Manenberg area in Cape Town has been mutilating cats and kittens – and the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWS) are pleading with the public to help them catch this inhumane person.
AWS are raising funds to offer a reward, which is against their beliefs but might be the only way to secure the arrest of the perpetrator.
Dubbed the Manenberg Cat Killer, the person is responsible for horrific acts of violence against cats and kittens. According to AWS, his signature move is to slice cats in two and throw them into resident’s yards.
The cat killer “is responsible for the horrific slaughter of at least seven other cats in Dwyka Street Manenberg alone. We also strongly suspect that he bashed another cats face in with a brick”.
“Since our initial Facebook appeal (last week Thursday 15 July) for information leading to the apprehension of the perpetrator we have put together a substantial dossier of anecdotal evidence that strongly suggests that the killer has struck before,” AWS said in a Facebook post.
It is alleged that people do know who the suspect is, but are afraid to come forward, which infuriates the welfare organisation.
“Equally disturbing is that it appears as though the owner of the cat mercilessly beaten with a brick knows the identity of the perpetrator but is apparently petrified to come forward for fear of retribution and hesitant to see him prosecuted. It is shameful that anyone would want to protect such evil. By choosing to do nothing they are allowing evil to triumph and buying this serial killer time to continue with his sadistic killing spree with impunity,” said AWS.
They have also threaten to subpoena her to reveal the identity of the cat killer.
To add fuel to the fire, on Wednesday, the animal welfare organisation were alerted to yet another cat massacre. This time the dead feline was found with its innards ripped out.
“The report was accompanied by a macabre image of the cat sprawled out in the playground of a Manenberg school. This is reportedly the 8th cat that this monstrosity has slashed and disembowelled and we desperately need your help to catch this monster who appears to have struck fear into the heart of the community.We are not ordinarily in favour of offering rewards (as they can be counter-productive) but desperate times call for desperate measures,” they said.
Even though they are against offering a reward for information, they are desperate and it seems like the only solution to speed up the capture of the killer. They appealed to animal lovers to assist by donating R10 to the reward offer.
“If 1 000 people (and we have over 22 000 Facebook followers) each contribute R10 we can post a persuasive enough reward and double our investigative efforts. We are confident that you are one of those understanding animal lovers who also wants to see justice served,” said AWS.
If you have the means to assist, you can add your contribution here or deposit your gift directly into their Nedbank Current Account, account number 114 822 258 8, Branch Code 198765 and use the reference Cats Matter.