'Manenberg cat killer': Post-mortems show the animals were preyed on

The Animal Welfare Society said pathologists found that most cats were maliciously and brutally killed by a person or a group of individuals.

Ash, one of Manenberg resident Faieza Jacobs's three cats, was found dead on 25 July 2021. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Post-mortem reports have confirmed a serial cat killer had likely been preying on pets in Manenberg in the Western Cape in recent months.

The Animal Welfare Society on Friday said the discovery of at least 37 cats that had been found mutilated in the community was one of the most traumatic and biggest cases it had investigated.

The organisation said pathologists found that most cats were maliciously and brutally killed by a person or a group of individuals.

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Some of the animals were severely beaten before being sliced open with a sharp blade and disembowelled. Others had parts of their ribcages, hearts and lungs ripped out.

Guided by this better understanding of how the cats were killed, the organisation increased its reward to R7,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Over the past few weeks, Manenberg residents had embarked on daily, spontaneous community patrols, desperate to find the so-called 'Manenberg cat killer'.

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