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Ipswich: Map of missing cats produced as further 20 disappear

16:08 27 October 2014

Hundreds of cats have been reported missing

Hundreds of cats have been reported missing

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Cat lovers in Ipswich have produced a map detailing where their pets have gone missing, after nearly 200 cats have disappeared in a matter of weeks across Ipswich and Stowmarket.

Where the missing moggies are fromWhere the missing moggies are from

The cat map, produced by the Facebook campaign group Ipswich Missing Cats, has been given to Suffolk police and details the hotspots for the missing moggies across Ipswich.

Last week the figure stood at 160 cats missing across Ipswich and Stowmarket, but Missing Cats Ipswich believe that has now increased to 180, with 109 having disappeared in Ipswich alone.

Areas where the most animals have been reported missing include the IP3 area around Holywells and Landseer, East Ipswich between University Campus Suffolk and Derby Road rail station, and Stoke Park.

Cats have also been reported missing as far as Bramford and Martlesham Heath.

Some angry residents have had their pets return home having been tortured, including suffering burnt whiskers, chunks of fur ripped out, and severe bruising.

A reward fund for information which leads to the successful prosecution of a perpetrator currently stands at £1,700, after a business in Hadleigh donated £500 and Facebook group members contributed a further £200 to the existing £1,000 reward.

Deni Parkes, founder of the Ipswich Missing Cats group, said: “After meeting with all admin, we have new developments in the pipeline. Firstly, we are going to apply for charity status, so the pledge for a reward fund can begin in earnest. We will also have a website up and running soon.”

Other plans include liasing with vets and animal shelters for unidentified cats, chipping events for residents to ID tag their pets, and plans to run a neighbourhood watch scheme to keep a lookout on cats across Ipswich.

Ms Parkes has also urged anyone without Facebook whose cat has gone missing to get in touch via a friend or relative, and alert the RSPCA or police.

She added: “I hope in time, we can get all necessary agencies and resources under one roof so to speak, where we are connected and can rapidly find an owner, as well as deter those that might take our cats. The more we highlight the welfare of our cats, who are a part of our family, the more progress we will make.”

17 comments

  • Chris, do you realize what it can take to catch one cat let alone a couple of hundred. I came across an article the other day on ENIGMA EARTH showing the impossibility of humans catching cats either for food or just to kill them. I will try to get the IPSWICH STAR to print the article, it will make you think.

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    PR OAKES

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • If food health officials have not as yet put 2+2 together and come up with 4, then I suggest you step up food safety checks at the human consumption end of the chain.

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    Chris D

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • I had a run in with a neighbour some years ago about it using my garden foul in. As far as I am concerned the less cats in Ipswich the better. Same goes for dogs. If owners don't like it put it on a lead.

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    Chris D

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • How many cats would normally be expected to go missing in a similar time period ?

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    IanW

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • I live in Australia and i lost two cats in the same strange way back in 1997 and I then discovered that almost everyone in my town seemed to have a cat missing. No bodies were ever found. They just vanished. I have been tracking this phenomena and it is happening in towns all over the world. It is much worse now than ever before? WHAT IS HAPPENING???

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    Sanles

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Please, Pea Horsley, animal communicator, said she would need to have a request from one of the owners of the returned cats so she can do a reading to help solve this.

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    Sanles

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Dogs fouling paths and parks is a no (rightly so) cats fouling your own property, is ok (according to their selfish owners).

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    Waddaloada

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Some People Are Seriously Gone In The Head. People Losing There Beloved Pets And You Can Comment (Johnsons) And Joke About This Serious Situation. Hope The PersonPeople Are Caught No Animal Deserves To Suffer! Such A Cruel Word.

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    Sarah

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Normal people that dislike cats would not kill or torture cats. The fact is whoever is doing this has got a screw loose and needs to be caught before he or she moves on to worse things.

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    royg

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • with beerlovers and johnsons comments the cats do not stand a chance.i have never tasted a chinese .

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • There was mention on the local tv news at the weekend of the same thing happening elsewhere in E Anglia. Natch, were Ipswich not to be invisible to both the BBC and Anglia TV, this fact might have been included in the same news item.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Cats roam by nature. Who on earth takes their cat out on a lead?

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    Sudders

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • The dog fighting ring is very plausible and the perp may of used a dog to catch them but the hassle involved in catching so many cats for food purposes is not economically viable. (I hope)

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    Happy

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • For this many cats to disappear there are only two possibilities, as distasteful as they are. Firstly, they are entering the food chain, commercial premises or otherwise. Secondly, there must be at least two dog-fighting rings in the area, and they are being used as bait for training fighting dogs.

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    Sudders

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Our black and white cat went missing in May. Now his brother went missing early Saturday morning (25th Oct).What on earth is happening?

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    Angela Marriage

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Someone must be laying down some sort of chemical or herbal attractant and trapping these animals surely? You'd never collect that many up in such a short space of time just wandering around with a net, certainly not without raising suspicion anyway. Not a great fan of cats but wouldn't wish them any harm, and I hope whoever is behind this gets caught asap.

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    Suffolk Boy

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Poor comment from Johnsons. Cats might not be the favourite pet of some people but many are loved and are great companions to families all across Suffolk and well beyond. Hopefully this person or these persons will be caught before long and their identity made known.

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    Kingfisher

    Monday, October 27, 2014

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