Seven stories of great accidents to cats which “could also be linked” are being investigated following the suspected stabbing of a cat in Brighton, Sussex Police have stated.



The incidents have all occurred since mid-September in a small space of central Brighton, with three of the cats dying from their accidents.



Two of the assaults have been confirmed as “extremely possible” to be stabbing accidents, together with the most recent in Ditchling Rise on Monday.



PC Andy Chapman, of Sussex Police, stated: “We’re taking these incidents very severely and we have now already spoken on the North Laine native motion group assembly.



“In complete, seven stories have been made since mid-September, of which two have been confirmed as extremely prone to be stabbing accidents.



“We perceive the affect and emotional misery brought about to the homeowners of much-loved pets and we’re decided to place an finish to those assaults.



“Nevertheless, we do need assistance from the general public. I urge anybody with info or who believes that their pet has been the sufferer of a deliberate, malicious assault is requested to report on-line or name 101 quoting Operation Diverge.”



A Sussex Police spokesman added: “Two officers have now been allotted to research the stories and set up whether or not there could also be hyperlinks between those who haven’t been proven to be assaults by different animals or unintended damage.”



Seanin Mouland, who lives in Brighton, stated her cat Samson regarded like he had been attacked with a machete in an assault on 18 November.





Ms Mouland has raised greater than £5,400 to cowl a few of Samson’s vet payments by means of a web-based fundraising web page.





On the web page, Ms Mouland wrote that Samson had suffered “severe inside injury” after the assault and “underwent two emergency surgical procedures”.



“Anyone with a knife went out of their method to try to kill our poor defenceless cat,” she added.







Sussex Police’s investigation into the latest assaults on cats in Brighton comes after the Metropolitan Police discontinued their three-year investigation into 400 stories of cat deaths attributed to the “Croydon cat killer“.



The pressure stated the accidents inflicted on the cats in Croydon and the encircling space have been prone to have been brought on by foxes, different wildlife or car collisions.



Tony Jenkins, of the animal charity Snarl (South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty), which is investigating the “Croydon cat killer” deaths, stated the Brighton assaults appeared unconnected.



“We expect it’s a separate perpetrator as a result of there are stab wounds and the accidents are completely different; there are usually not decapitations as seen within the different instances,” he stated.



“Though it’s horrible, it isn’t linked to the broader Croydon cat killer.”



Mr Jenkins stated Snarl was persevering with to research the cat deaths in Croydon as there was “clear proof” of human involvement.



He added: “With no shadow of doubt, there’s a sample of behaviour across the killings.



“Police have useful resource points with funding cuts and couldn’t afford to research additional and so they took the straightforward path to blame foxes.



“There’s clear proof to recommend human interplay and we’re persevering with to research.”



Further reporting by PA



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