The police, although very supportive, cannot look for missing cats, but can act if a crime is witnessed and reported. However, I do urge if you see or hear something that you really are not comfortable about, please give them a call, or leave a message in our ‘Tip Off’ section on the website.
The police have agreed we can use their logo on future poster issued by us, as well as talk to call handlers at the station, who will refer people missing cats to us. We hope to build a sense of team work, rather than people feeling the police do not care. I can assure you they do, but they have to work within the guidelines of the law.
We hope an agreement will be reached that our website will be listed on social media sites in conjunction with theirs at Suffolk Constabulary.
The matter of the CCTV of a woman enticing two cats and putting them in her car is being dealt with. The car has been traced and the investigation is on going at this point.
The matter of a cat shot with a pellet gun in Stoke Park was raised, and apparently this is a well known problem, which the police are trying to deal with, so we ask our members to be vigilant, and if this activity is seen to report immediately.
I am currently waiting for Mr Passmore to respond to my second letter which I sent after the BBC Radio Suffolk interview, where he stated we ‘all need to get around the table’ and sort this out. We are also waiting for Mr Gummer to respond although he has agreed to meet us.
Good news ~ the Co Op approached us with an offer to help, and have now set up CatWatch across their East Anglia stores. In each store there will be a board with posters issued by them of missing cats and details, as well as a 24 hour helpline. The posters will carry our logo, theirs, as well as the police logo and Ipswich Council logo. We are hoping a pledge will be given also, at which point we will issue posters again to raise awareness. The Co Op have also agreed to sell a bitter agent anti freeze! I would also like to add here that 50 cats a month across England die from anti freeze poisoning used in water garden features. Please be aware of this.
The Ipswich Star are kindly running photos and info of missing cats once a week ~ so that is great!
A member of Facebook was visited by the police after he made threats to kill cats that he was fed up with visiting his garden ~ and hopefully he will be more careful about what he chooses to post in the future.
I have information sent to me on a regular basis, and try to keep up with it all and respond. I know we are not the only county affected by this, and include part of an email I received
‘ I have been doing a bit of research on the internet and as you say we are not the only county to experience this nightmare – 389 cats have been reported missing in Lincolnshire, cats missing in Caterham, cats missing in the borders in Scotland – I am sure that there other counties too – the circumstances in some cases are the same as our mysterious disappearances – one cat goes missing periodically and then returns home with his back legs shaved. Reports of cats disappearing in number from a street/road have also been reported.’
I think as cat lovers we all need to be aware, vigilant and supportive of other cat lovers.
I can not get the point across more forcefully the importance of micro chipping your cat. We have had cats reported stolen, but the police cannot do much if proof of ownership cannot be proved, so please micro chip your cats, we have someone who can do that for £5, so not a lot of money for protection of owner ship in all events.
This December the fall in missing cats has been substantial, we have what we would consider ‘normal’ missing at the moment, and we plan to continue to monitor missing cats to establish what might be happening.
As a team we work tirelessly to bring you support and answers, and will not give up.
We all wish you a very happy and safe Christmas, and a peaceful New Year.
Deni and team.