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Alleged cat killer may be prosecuted

France 3/Scoop, Jul 8

Police think they may have solved the mystery of several missing cats in the village of Cournonsec, Hérault.

For several years, cats have systematically gone missing in the area of Cournonsec.

This week, a resident of the village heard a neighbour beating what he assumed was a cat. The 70 year old neighbour was attacking the cat with a shovel.

“It was barbaric”, said the young man, the owner of the cat. “I heard mewings, and blows with a metal object,” he said, outraged by the violence.

The 70 year old claimed it was a rat, but “rats don’t meow”, said the owner. The owner called the Saint-Jean-de-Vedas police, who arrived at 10pm, and took pictures of the sorry remains of the cat.

The owner of Prince (pictured), the cat who was slaughtered, said “I’ve lost four cats in five years and I'm not the only owner who laments the loss of an animal."

Annie Bénézech, director of the SPA Montpellier, wants the case to be tried in a criminal court for acts of cruelty to a domestic animal. Several associations and residents are pursuing further action on the alleged cat killer.

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