Mystery over outbreak of cat shaving incidents

Cats in Swindon have been returning home missing patches of shaved fur

Cats in Swindon have been returning home missing patches of shaved fur

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WILTSHIRE police are appealing for information following several reports of cats returning home to their owners with their fur shaved off.

The first incident that police have been made aware of took place between January 1 and 10 in Tryon Close, Liden. The owner of the cat reported that her pet kept returning home with sections of fur shaved off.

The second incident happened between February 4 and 9, in White Edge Moor. The owner said her cat had been targeted on two separate occasions. On the first occasion, the cat returned home with a shaved back, and the second time, it had a shaved stomach.

And on February 10, between 8am and 5.30pm, a cat in Ferndale Road was targeted. It’s owner returned home to find the cat had been shaved on its back, stomach and legs.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Although some people might view this as a prank, it can clearly cause huge distress to the animal and their owner.

“We would appeal for anyone who may have information on any of these incidents to contact Wiltshire Police immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.”

 

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3:14pm Tue 18 Feb 14

twasadawf says...

Wallace and Gromit to investigate
Wallace and Gromit to investigate twasadawf
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Tue 18 Feb 14

SomeoneWhoIsntMe says...

Maybe this is part of a cat organ-harvesting operation.
Maybe this is part of a cat organ-harvesting operation. SomeoneWhoIsntMe
  • Score: -6

3:45pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Mango man says...

I suspect a disgruntled neighbour fed up with the vermin going to toilet in their garden has taken action, similar to when the cats of Wichelstowe began to mysteriously keep ending up in the canal
I suspect a disgruntled neighbour fed up with the vermin going to toilet in their garden has taken action, similar to when the cats of Wichelstowe began to mysteriously keep ending up in the canal Mango man
  • Score: -18

3:47pm Tue 18 Feb 14

twasadawf says...

twasadawf wrote:
Wallace and Gromit to investigate
A close shave, a few buttons missing. send for shawn the sheep
[quote][p][bold]twasadawf[/bold] wrote: Wallace and Gromit to investigate[/p][/quote]A close shave, a few buttons missing. send for shawn the sheep twasadawf
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Tue 18 Feb 14

beach1e says...

people that cause and enjoy cruelty / abuse to animals are in the same league as paedophiles, rapists ,abusers and murderers, they get a perverse thrill from causing fear.Those that agree with it, are in the very same sick league.
people that cause and enjoy cruelty / abuse to animals are in the same league as paedophiles, rapists ,abusers and murderers, they get a perverse thrill from causing fear.Those that agree with it, are in the very same sick league. beach1e
  • Score: 21

3:52pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Nothing wrong with a nice shaven ****
Nothing wrong with a nice shaven **** Davey Gravey
  • Score: 9

3:55pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Charllie Says says...

Think we've found the culprit .... Mango Man!

Theres no excuse for animal cruelty so that cat poos so bloody what we all poo just that yours gets dealt with by someone else. No I dont like my neighbours cat digging n pooing but I wouldnt hurt the cats
Think we've found the culprit .... Mango Man! Theres no excuse for animal cruelty so that cat poos so bloody what we all poo just that yours gets dealt with by someone else. No I dont like my neighbours cat digging n pooing but I wouldnt hurt the cats Charllie Says
  • Score: -1

4:02pm Tue 18 Feb 14

peter moor says...

Police are combing the area.
Police are combing the area. peter moor
  • Score: 15

4:11pm Tue 18 Feb 14

toasted says...

Some mild distress caused I would imagine. Seems hardly worth the police time when they could be resolving some of the bigger issues. They are only cats after all!!
Some mild distress caused I would imagine. Seems hardly worth the police time when they could be resolving some of the bigger issues. They are only cats after all!! toasted
  • Score: 4

4:33pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Mango man says...

beach1e wrote:
people that cause and enjoy cruelty / abuse to animals are in the same league as paedophiles, rapists ,abusers and murderers, they get a perverse thrill from causing fear.Those that agree with it, are in the very same sick league.
So jimmy Saville is the same as someone shaving a cats fur? Are you for real?
This is just another example of wasting police time!
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: people that cause and enjoy cruelty / abuse to animals are in the same league as paedophiles, rapists ,abusers and murderers, they get a perverse thrill from causing fear.Those that agree with it, are in the very same sick league.[/p][/quote]So jimmy Saville is the same as someone shaving a cats fur? Are you for real? This is just another example of wasting police time! Mango man
  • Score: 3

4:34pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Mango man says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Nothing wrong with a nice shaven ****
Cat?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Nothing wrong with a nice shaven ****[/p][/quote]Cat? Mango man
  • Score: 14

4:34pm Tue 18 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

People should be given rewards to get rid of them, not be investigated.
People should be given rewards to get rid of them, not be investigated. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -19

4:54pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Localboy86 says...

Some kid looking for some cheap meow-meow
Some kid looking for some cheap meow-meow Localboy86
  • Score: 17

5:41pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ManWithCar says...

Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again?

We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.
Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again? We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion. ManWithCar
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Localboy86 says...

ManWithCar wrote:
Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again?

We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.
Manwithnowife, torture really?
[quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again? We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Manwithnowife, torture really? Localboy86
  • Score: 2

9:38pm Tue 18 Feb 14

dukeofM4 says...

The cats have upset someone making their daily deposits in the garden.
The cats have upset someone making their daily deposits in the garden. dukeofM4
  • Score: 3

10:12pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

ManWithCar wrote:
Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again?

We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.
Dunno about bigger than me but Kylie minogue is very welcome any time she likes
[quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again? We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Dunno about bigger than me but Kylie minogue is very welcome any time she likes Davey Gravey
  • Score: 8

10:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Sashstaff says...

Keep the cats inside, keep them safe from weirdos with clippers, traffic, predators etc and keep you neighbours happy.

As said, most likely just someone had enough of cats getting into their garden/house making a mess, spreading disease, killing/scaring other animals.
Keep the cats inside, keep them safe from weirdos with clippers, traffic, predators etc and keep you neighbours happy. As said, most likely just someone had enough of cats getting into their garden/house making a mess, spreading disease, killing/scaring other animals. Sashstaff
  • Score: 4

10:32pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mrwoo says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Nothing wrong with a nice shaven ****
yeah if you are a Gary Glitter?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Nothing wrong with a nice shaven ****[/p][/quote]yeah if you are a Gary Glitter? mrwoo
  • Score: -10

10:52am Wed 19 Feb 14

scottfranklin@btinternet.com says...

Mango man did it....
Mango man did it.... scottfranklin@btinternet.com
  • Score: 2

12:43pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ManWithCar says...

Localboy86 wrote:
ManWithCar wrote: Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again? We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.
Manwithnowife, torture really?
If you want to stoop to stupid comments then I suggest you get the f*ck off the Internet. Not that it worries me - I just think you are a sad pathetic litle boy. Not a man - a little boy.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again? We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Manwithnowife, torture really?[/p][/quote]If you want to stoop to stupid comments then I suggest you get the f*ck off the Internet. Not that it worries me - I just think you are a sad pathetic litle boy. Not a man - a little boy. ManWithCar
  • Score: -4

6:19pm Wed 19 Feb 14

toasted says...

ManWithCar wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
ManWithCar wrote: Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again? We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.
Manwithnowife, torture really?
If you want to stoop to stupid comments then I suggest you get the f*ck off the Internet. Not that it worries me - I just think you are a sad pathetic litle boy. Not a man - a little boy.
You do seem a bit worried to be fair. Your response was a little over the top...

Interesting difference in opinion in regards to what amounts to torture though. Personally I am not sure that this is it as the animal has not been harmed...
[quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: Some people have a sick sense of humour, or something. How would you like to be suddenly picked up, part or all of your clothes suddenly ripped off by someone bigger than you and then let go again? We're in the 21st century. You really wouldn't think it, judging by the morons in society that think torturing an innocent animal is fun or justified. And anyone that thinks it is harmless is just as bad in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Manwithnowife, torture really?[/p][/quote]If you want to stoop to stupid comments then I suggest you get the f*ck off the Internet. Not that it worries me - I just think you are a sad pathetic litle boy. Not a man - a little boy.[/p][/quote]You do seem a bit worried to be fair. Your response was a little over the top... Interesting difference in opinion in regards to what amounts to torture though. Personally I am not sure that this is it as the animal has not been harmed... toasted
  • Score: 8

7:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

pallelli@hotmail.com says...

Tiddles has been quite traumatised by the whole affair.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Slocombe
Tiddles has been quite traumatised by the whole affair. Yours Sincerely, Mrs Slocombe pallelli@hotmail.com
  • Score: 2

7:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

markinmelksham says...

Maybe they will find the culprit was a Brazilian?
Maybe they will find the culprit was a Brazilian? markinmelksham
  • Score: 0

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