Op-ed: This week a £5,000 reward was posted by animal charity PETA in an attempt to catch the so-called Croyden cat killer.
A series of cats have suffered cruel and horrific deaths at the hands of a deranged person, or persons.
The dead cats have been found with horrific wounds that include decapitation and having their tails sliced off.
The latest victim is Buddy. His owner Niro Kavanen was out sticking up missing cat posters around South London when a neighbour found the remains of the cat's body.
The Evening Standard reported Tuesday:
Mr Kavanen, 26, said: “On Friday my stepdad called me. I could hear from his voice I should go home. I instantly burst into tears — not even knowing what happened but I assumed the worst. I saw his tail had been cut off and his collar removed.
It is believed that the same person is responsible for a series of cat deaths in the area.
If that is the case an extremely cruel or sick individual is out there.
In September 2014, in a quiet London suburb, a brutal murder took place after a man went on the rampage. An elderly woman was beheaded in the back garden of her London home and two cats suffered the same fate as a deranged individual ran amok.
The man accused of being the killer is Nicholas Salvador. There was never any doubt that he killed 82-year-old Palmira Silva.
Nicholas Salvador became 'obsessed' with beheading videos weeks before killing grandmother Palmira Silva.
Ultimately he was found not guilty, by reason of insanity, and detained indefinitely in a high-security psychiatric hospital under the Mental Health Act.
The 'Croyden Cat Ripper' has been brutalising and killing cats for many months now.
His or her actions have traumatised the pet owners concerned.
And for many now the question is where will it end?
In March 2016 the Mail Online reported "A maniac has killed and mutilated up to 60 cats in two years. Now worried police are asking...will the Croydon Cat Ripper KILL A HUMAN next?"
Way past time those 'worried police' caught the killer.