Cat decapitated in Mandurah makes two since July

ANOTHER decapitated cat has been found in Mandurah.

Back in July, pet cat Houdini was found decapitated in the front yard of his Mandurah home.

His owner Sharron Anderson was devastated.

Last week, in what appears to be a similar attack, Elle Howson’s adult daughter rang her in “extreme distress”.

She told her mother she had found a kitten with its head missing on a path behind the Mandurah Forum.

Ms Howson’s daughter was walking with her two young children at the time.

The kitten was found about ten minutes away from where Houdini was discovered in July.

“I came down straight away and called the police,” Ms Howson said.

“They said it’s not a crime though and told me to call the rangers.”

City of Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman said they were saddened to hear of the suffering of the kitten.

“We strongly urge anyone who has information on any form of animal cruelty to contact the RSPCA,” he said.

“It is difficult to determine if the recent acts of cruelty are linked.

“There is no excuse to harm an animal, and anyone that does may be subject to significant penalties.”

Ms Howson said she used to work on a chicken farm.

“Sometimes the boys would get too rough while they were wringing a chicken’s neck and its head would come off, this looked exactly the same,” she said.

“What sort of monsters are out there? They’re sociopaths.”

Ms Howson wants people with litters, who recently gave a kitten away, to let the RSPCA know who took them.

She hopes this way they can track down the kitten killer.

Mrs Sutton encourages cat owners to keep their pets confined to their property, particularly at night when most hunting activity and nuisance to other property owners occur.

“Cats can be turned into content indoor pets by installing a cat enclosure in yards which will keep them safe from the situation that has occurred, and safe from other cats and dogs where injuries are common,” she said.

“Cats over the age of six months must be registered, sterilised and microchipped which helps to identify them should they be lost or trapped.”

On September 5, a North Pinjarra woman reported that her cat Mindy had been missing for two days.

When Mindy came home, a visit to the vet revealed that the cat had been poisoned and badly beaten.

The woman, who did not want to be named, is pleading with people to call the ranger if they know anything about the incident.

Pinjarra police officer in charge Clyde Pearson urged the people of Pinjarra to call the rangers to report these “disgusting” incidents.

Ms Howson said she rescues cats and urged owners to keep their cats indoors.

“People need to keep an eye on their babies,” she said.

“This kitten was left just up from the park and all the children would have seen it.”

“I don’t let my cats outside. It’s just terrible.”

In July, RSPCA WA chief executive David van Ooran said there had been a recent increase in attacks on cats.

This is not the first time there has been a spate of attacks on cats in Mandurah.

Two years ago, a warning about an “animal killer” was placed outside Seabreeze Deli regarding cat attacks in central Mandurah.

The warning alleged two cats had their heads chopped off and another was violently attacked.

In Rockingham in June, there were reports of cats being skinned while they were still alive.

People are encouraged to call the RSPCA regarding this case or any other case of animal cruelty.

They have a 24 hour animal cruelty hotline and urge anyone with any information to report it on 1300 278 3589.