‘Be vigilant’: Fears cat killer attacked family pet
A heartbroken family is urging cat-owners to be vigilant after losing their beloved pet in a vile attack, raising serious concerns of a possible cat-killer in the neighbourhood.
Tarragindi residents have been reporting suspicious behaviour on social media, where several cats go missing and are never found while one was viciously attacked and the culprit unknown.
Local mum Dina had taken her two young kids on a getaway to the Sunshine Coast when her pet sitter told her their beloved cat Pikichu was horrifically injured and bleeding internally with little chance of surviving.
Dina's local veterinarian Dr Ahmed worked tirelessly in his own time to get Pikichu the best chance of survival, and for five days he fought for his life until sadly passing away on Tuesday.
"The way he went, it just breaks my heart," Dina told The Courier-Mail. "It's been five days of crying."
Dina said Dr Ahmed suspected Pikichu suffered a blow from underneath, and the injuries didn't match being hit by a vehicle, he believed the cat had been violently attacked.
"I think it's more what happened to him which upsets me, I'd understand if he died of old age, it's still hugely emotional, but it's the way he went at such a young age and that there's someone out there hurting these animals, it's just hard."
It's not the first incident which has raised suspicion within the area, every day there are posts about missing cats.
A Brisbane City Council spokesman said between June 1 and August 24 there were three reports of four missing cats in Tarragindi.
"I noticed there are lots of cats that go missing, and they don't seem to come back," Dina said.
"Cats are pretty good at knowing where their home is. They always come home unless they are ill or poisoned or something of that nature, so it is suspicious."
One resident, Clare Ponsford, noticed two teenage boys overcrowding a cat and coaxing it - after knowing what happened to Pikichu, her gut instinct made her pull over.
"I couldn't drive past and think that something sinister may have happened to that beautiful, friendly cat. I'm not accusing them, I just pulled over until they moved on," she said.
"They were bending down and over the top of it. It didn't look right, it was just my gut instinct just made me stop, I never said anything to them I just wanted to make sure they kept moving - I couldn't have driven past and then in my mind think well what if they did do something I wouldn't have been happy with myself."
Ms Ponsford felt compelled to make sure the cat was safe after seeing on her local community page news that Pikichu had been viciously attacked.
"That's the reason I did it, I had only just read two nights before about the Burmese cat (Pikichu), also one of my neighbours said keep your cat in because I found two disembowelled cats at the top of the street, but that was a while ago, that might have been a year ago.
"It's been horrific, I've had people at my door crying with missing cat posters and correlating all of these messages from different people it's been sickening me to the stomach thinking that someone could actually hurt these animals.
"I just feel like it would be awful if someone's in the neighbourhood with nothing better to do that doesn't like cats or is just doing it for the 'fun' of it. It's just awful."
Dina is still in shock after losing Pikichu in such distressing circumstances, but she wants families in the local area to be vigilant, and if possible try to keep their cats inside.
"My hope is that another family doesn't have to go through this, just to see my little kids crying … it is hard to keep cats locked up because they are wanderers, but just be totally aware and vigilant," she said.
"I would hate to see another animal suffer.
"People are saying they are going to keep their cat inside now, which is good. So if that's helping the community that's good. I don't think these people would stop because they're not getting found out."
Originally published as 'Be vigilant': Fears cat killer on the loose after vile attack