Police are issuing advice to pet owners following a number of cat mutilations in Northamptonshire.
Officers are working with the RSPCA and the Metropolitan police to investigate the cases.
There have also been other incidents of pet mutilations in Luton and Buckinghamshire as well as parts of the South East.
Police are investigating the deaths of more than 250 cats in a series of attacks over the last two years, along with rabbits and foxes as part of Operation Takahe.
- If possible keep cats inside at night or when you plan to be out of the house for long periods.
- Make sure you have a cat flap, so if threatened or scared, your cat has access to your home straight away.
- If possible check on your cats periodically when they are outside and ask neighbours to keep an eye on them.
- Have your pets microchipped
- Bring guinea pigs and rabbits inside.
- Maintain strict feeding schedule so your cat returns home the same time every day.
- Watch out for suspicious behaviour. For example, someone approaching animals, looking in gardens and under vehicles.
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