Angry Neighbor Takes Residents’ Cats And Relocates Them 25 Miles Away


There is something fishy going on in a neighborhood in the UK — the residents say their cats are mysteriously disappearing.

Seven cats are missing from different families around the community and the pet owners desperately want their pets back. They handed out fliers asking for any information about their cats.

Then all of the families that were missing a cat received an anonymous letter from the “person responsible for the disappearance of your cats.”

The note said that the cats had been caught and driven at least 25 miles away and let loose. The person further explained that the reason why the cats were relocated was because the cats destroyed plants and shrubs in his/her garden, killed birds, and used the property as a toilet.

The catnapper stated that none of the cats were harmed, but then wrote that if any of the cats returned to their owners and were caught again, “they will be destroyed.”

All of the cat owners are distraught that their pets were taken away from the neighborhood and dropped off somewhere unfamiliar. One woman said, “It makes me so angry that someone feels that they have the right to take our cats like this.”

There are clues in the letter that may prove that there are others involved in the catnapping.

A police inspector said: “If the letter writer has taken these cats, then he or she is guilty of theft. Anyone who helped has aided and abetted an offender in committing the crime.”

Source: Daily Mail

74 Responses to “Angry Neighbor Takes Residents’ Cats And Relocates Them 25 Miles Away”

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  1. k says:

    Jackie, no one has suggested it’s okay to let their cats ruin others’ property, so there’s no need to build strawmen so you can then knock them down.

    The neighbour who kidnapped and relocated the cats was wrong, plain and simple. There were much better ways to resolve the issue, but this person apparently had no interest in even trying. He’s also punishing the animals for what he perceives to be a fault of their human owners, ie, “letting” their cats do things of which he disapproves.

    My personal belief is that cats are safer if kept indoors, and I would never let my cat roam unsupervised, but I recognize that not everyone shares that worldview.

  2. shibadiva says:

    Pat, I was wondering the same thing. My neighbourhood is full of cats too, and I’d only ever recognize one that comes anywhere near my yard.

  3. Nancy G. says:

    As someone pointed out, this was in Britain where, evidently, views on cats being outside are different from ours. As for comparing cats being outside to being “strays”, I think every law everywhere recognizes the different nature of cats and dogs, and that while the law can require dogs be on a leash or in a yard, such a law would not work with cats. So a cat out loose is NOT automatically a “stray.” At least in Britain, they don’t have coyotes and other large predators, like we do here in the US, although foxes would be a danger. With all the publicity, we can hope that someone, wherever the cats were dumped, recognizes the cats and can help rescue them. As for the perp, look for someone with a lovely yard, bird feeders, who has a crabby disposition. Why they think their right to a lovely yard and bird feeders trumps anyone else’s right to own a cat is a mystery, though. What they did is appallingly cruel.

  4. EmilyS says:

    “. Why they think their right to a lovely yard and bird feeders trumps anyone else’s right to own a cat is a mystery, though”…

    well, yes, I DO think that my right to enjoy my propeprty trumps a CATS right to trespass. (not someone else’s right to own a cat.. your premise is totally wrong).

    That’s what this is about: Who has more rights: a person or a cat?

    My neighbor has a right to have as many cats (or other pets) that he can manage humanely (I oppose pet limits). My neighbor’s cats have NO RIGHTS to the use of my property.

  5. Rhonda says:

    I have friends with indoor cats. They walk their cats on harnesses, just like you would a dog. It’s an easy solution. I kept a cat for a friend who was out of the country for a month. The cat had never been on a harness before, but after a few days (and a longer leash) we had no problems hanging out in the front yard. I would never let my dog roam the neighborhood. Cats shouldn’t either. One neighbor had a cat that loved the new pinestraw around my shrubs and would come over from 5 houses down just to use the bathroom at my house. I asked her to control her cat. She said she couldn’t control where her cat went. I also had to rescue a chipmunk that the cat was torturing by holding it down while it gnawned on it’s tail. The cat was hit by a car several months later. NO, not me. But I have to say I was somewhat relieved that the situation resolved itself.

  6. Velvet's Dad says:

    The old adage that “two wrongs do not make a right” clearly applies here.
    Yes, the neighbor has a right to have their property secure. However, they do NOT have a right to steal pets and dispose of them in the manner they did. They should be prosecuted for theft and animal cruelty. There are ways to resolve the issue, as others have pointed out. Clearly, the neighbor has no pets of their own or they would have at least attempted a resolution that did not hurt the innocent animals.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rhonda said… ‘The cat was hit by a car several months later. NO, not me. But I have to say I was somewhat relieved that the situation resolved itself.’

    I CAN NOT BELIEVE that somebody on this forun would say such a thing. WoW, unbelievable!!

  8. Andrea D says:

    CD, you make an excellent point about the type of person who would do this. We’re not talking about someone who turned the hose on the cats if they were in his/her yard. We’re not talking about someone who tried to resolve the situation. We’re talking about someone who took the cats somewhere unfamiliar, dropped them off, and left them to either fend for themselves or die. THEN he/she wrote a horrible note to let the neighbors know what he/she had done.

    That’s remarkably unstable mental behavior. We’re talking about someone who did something illegal, and the letter writing is tantamount to bragging about the behavior. I find it extremely disturbing.

    I’m not sure if it’s on the same level as the sociopathic kids that CD is referring to (I knew a very similar kid - abused animals, then people, and finally, at age 12, shot and killed a man; somehow, there were people who had the nerve to pretend that they didn’t see it coming).

  9. why do u care about my name says:

    i would sue if this happened to my pet and i would put that person in jail that is stealing, abuse, and that’s not right!!!!! this story i sooooo sad that i cried!!!

  10. Sally says:

    I believe that an animal owner should be more responsible for there pets I own 2 cats and 1 dog I keep all 3 inside at all times except for the dog he goes out to potty I would NEVER let my animals roam these severly irresponsible pet.
    These owners deserve loseing there pets. The animals should have been trapped and sent to the city pound. and the owners need to take a class to learn how to care for an animal NOT let them roam free to destroy other peoples property. I have a beautiful yard and bird geeders and never a problem But if I found a stray in my yard it will go straight to the pound.

  11. Don Earl says:

    RE: “My neighbourhood is full of cats too, and I’d only ever recognize one that comes anywhere near my yard.”

    If you have a cat, your yard is likely marked to let other cats know the territory is spoken for. Unfortunately, according to cat protocol, an unmarked yard is likely to be plagued by tourists using the restrooms while passing through town.

    Cats are very polite, but they’re polite by cat rules, not people rules. Where a cat would consider it rude to use another cat’s property for a sandbox, from their perspective, property without a cat doesn’t belong to anyone.

    The end result being the folks who are turning their cats loose to run around are driving anyone who doesn’t have cats crazy.

  12. shibadiva says:

    My two cats are indoor cats.

    But that’s a good idea for product development - a cat-marking spray that people who don’t have cats can use. With an unobtrusive-to-humans odour of course.

  13. Purringfur says:

    The neighbor who hauled these cats away was entirely wrong to do so without first trying to discuss the situation to resolve the problem. Many of the owners would have kept their cats indoors or made enclosures had they known the alternative.

    Although this person seems deranged by taking such extreme measures, apparently without warning, I can understand the frustration of dealing with damage to property and wildlife or simply just being a nuisance.

    My cat never goes outdoors except on a harness with me. I’d be afraid he’d be hit by a car, be dinner for coyotes, or that someone would steal him because he’s quite striking: a huge long-haired, orange striped tiger.

    My neighbor’s three cats come to my house all the time, urinate by the front door, use the garden for a litter box (easier to dig in tilled dirt) and camp out next to my bird feeders and even sit on top of my bird houses (with babies inside) for easy hunting.

    They’ve killed birds I feed and left the feathers all over, sat on my bird houses with babies in in the spring and have even collapsed the houses, tortured and killed chipmunks that come to my ground-level drinking bowl, leaving one chipmunk with severe neurological damage to just circle and circle, no longer being able to walk straight. I took the one chipmunk to the vet for cortisone injections, and it turned into a happy story where the munk became the “resident chipmunk” because the vet staff fell in love with it. It did improve a little, but always leaned way over to the side when it walked, like a ship with a deep list. And, I know it’s a cat’s instinct to hunt.

    I’ve spoken to the neighbor, making comments that the cats use my garden and front door as a litter box and that they are killing the birds, but nothing is done, except to once in a while, call the cats back home, maybe twice in the last five years.

    It seems as though I’m the one making the repairs or trying to come up with solutions to lessen damage to my property and the wildlife as much as I can. I’ve put out 4 inch PVC pipe for the chipmunks to have a safe tunnel from the forest to my food supplies, added extra guards to the bird houses, and finally threw prickly brush on the side of my yard for the chipmunks to have a safe place to run to if they see one of the cats. The cats have trapped chipmunks in my down spouts/gutters for hours and refuse to leave, even after I pick the cat up and take it home several times.

    I’d like to be able to enjoy the wildlife more. I’d like to have a rug outside my front door (without it becoming a urination mat) and have my front door area not stink like a urinal for two months every year. I’d like to be able to watch the chipmunks eat freely at my feeder without having to rush outside when the cats come around. I’d like to be able to go into my garden without having to watch where I step. I’d like to remove the brush pile from the side of my house. I’d like to remove the ugly PVC chipmunk tunnel from my yard. I’d like to actually use my motion detector light for security reasons, but it uses too much energy going on and off constantly because the neighbor’s cats use it as a heat lamp, sitting on my railing, washing their paws at night.

    I could go on and on about the damage and extra work these cats have caused, yet I realize that it’s their nature to hunt and that cats do roam. I do not want trouble with my neighbors of over 25 years, but sometimes, I just wonder how someone can just let their cats roam, even though it’s legal to let them do so. I look forward to January and February when the cats are indoors for a large portion of the day, and I’m a cat lover.

    I certainly wouldn’t resort to the extreme measures of the cat napper, but I can understand the frustration building up year after year. And yes, I think the cat napper should be prosecuted!

  14. EmilyS says:

    Purringfur.. you said it!
    I (dont) find it odd that none of the cat-defenders have offered any solutions to those of us who simply want to enjoy our own property as is our right, without the annoyance of unwanted wandering cats.

  15. catmom5 says:

    I think a lot of the “cat-defenders” understand that outdoor, roaming cats can be a pain for neighbors. Mine are inside cats! However, with that said, in spite of all the different POV, these 7 cats are the true victims of the inability of humans to work out a problem. I don’t much like the neighbor’s cats, strays and ferals hanging around my yard, either, but I certainly would NOT trap them and relocate them. I’d try really hard to find a way to keep the unwanted cats out of my yard (mothballs in flowerbeds, gardens, etc) or a way to work out the situation with the neighbor. BTW, when I am able I trap the strays and get them vetted then get them to a rescue so they can get into a good, forever home.

  16. Eccles says:

    EmilyS, there are dozens and dozens of commercial products available for detering cats from property. They range from the ecologically sound lion dung pellets through other natural scents, chemical deterents, ultrasonic and mechanical devices and on and on. Five seconds on Google.

    What I have found quite effective is to actually welcome cats and set aside a small corner that is obviously set up for the cats to use should they want. They will then use that area in preference to the rest of garden.

  17. Traci says:

    “I don’t much like the neighbor’s cats, strays and ferals hanging around my yard, either, but I certainly would NOT trap them and relocate them.”

    As I posted earlier, one of the cats is likely dead. It takes kidney meds.

  18. EmilyS says:

    Eccles, yes, I am completely aware of these products.

    I gather you expect ME to go to the expense of fencing out cats (the other products are of marginal effectiveness) ?
    And turn over part of my property for their exclusive use?

    This is exactly my point: cat owners expect the NON-cat owners to bear the expense of burden keeping out cats that they don’t want. Or to tolerate someone else’s pet on their property.

    Funny: if it were a KID coming on to my property and causing damage, I’d actually have some legal recourse.

    When did cats get to be beyond the law?

    And THATS why some non-cat owners feel they have to resort to extreme measures like the one in these story

  19. Traci says:

    “When did cats get to be beyond the law?

    And THATS why some non-cat owners feel they have to resort to extreme measures like the one in these story”

    When did the fellow using “extreme measures” (read: illegal theft and animal cruelty) get to be beyond the law?

  20. shibadiva says:

    You know what really bugs me? My neighbour’s grandchildren!

    Every time they come for a visit, they want him to set up a ladder so they can see over my fence in case my dogs are in the yard with me. They kick the fence to get the dogs’ attention, and they tried to open my back gate. Their dad gets awfully surly when I tell his kids that the dogs need to concentrate 100% on doing a poop.

    My car isn’t big enough to stuff them all in and drop them off somewhere in the suburbs. Should I get an SUV?

    Emily S, your posts amuse me. “well, yes, I DO think that my right to enjoy my propeprty trumps a CATS right to trespass. That’s what this is about: Who has more rights: a person or a cat?”


  21. pat says:

    i’m frankly troubled by the statements i’ve seen on this thread. my property my property my property my rights my rights my rights. if a cat pees on my property and violates my rights, it’s ok to kill it, but since i’m too much of a coward to kill it outright i will abandon it somewhere so that it can suffer greatly before it dies, but i don’t have to watch it; i’m too busy waiting for the next peeing cat to think about the pain i’ve caused. it’s my property and the sentence for peeing on my property is death death DEATH. me me me me me, my my my my my.

    yeah, the human race is really highly evolved.

  22. Tanya says:

    What amuses me about the whole “my my my” is that people don’t understand you do not have full and complete “right” to not be bugged now and then.

    You do not have the “right” to kill a wandering squirrel, fox, or zebra that makes it into your yard. you have to take appropariate measures like squirting water at it, or calling the authorites.

    If a bear comes into your yard, you do not have legal right to shoot it, unless you or your family/pets are in *imediate* threat.

    Where did people get the idea that owning property means they have some kind of invisible forcefield from which life’s little annoyances doth protect? If a child comes into your yard, you cannot shoot it, nor kidnap it - and you likely can’t even turn teh hose on it or yell at it. even if said kid does damage to your home.

    If the neighborhood kids play baseball and routinely break your windows, you don’t get to go out and steal their baseball bats from them, run them over with a car, nor start shooting rubber beebee gun pellates at them. You can call the cops, you can try legal remedies like Courts, but you’ll find in most cases, the courts say “too bad for you, shit happens”.

    It is insane to listen to whiny little brats saying “don’t come in my yard and mess up my beloved garden”. I know of no neighbor, relative, friend or acquaintance who whines about cats. that seems to be an Itchmo type extremism. “we like our birds, keep your cats away cause they are, ack, not “natural”.

  23. Esther says:

    Do any of the victims post here? I consider the poor pet owners victims. Two ferrals that I trapped, neutered and released and was trying to tame are now missing. We found evidence that our neighbor was baiting and, we assume, trapping. We found fur that appears to be from both cats. This neighbor never indicated that he was being bothered by the cats. His dog is constantly pooing in our yard and eating the food left out for the cats, but I wouldn’t dream of doing anything so cruel. I am having a very hard time dealing with this situation.

  24. mawmaw says:

    Our neighbor has 6 cats and 1 dog. Apparently before we moved in, someone called animal control on him for his dog-he said someone was complaining about his dog biting and barking at someone in the neighborhood. Apparently his dog broke the chain he was chained to in his front yard. I still don’t understand what he was trying to relay. I just know his dog is in the fenced backyard and doesn’t cause us any problems, not that I am aware of.
    Our problem is his cats. He had 3 females which one had a litter of 6. He took the 3 females and kittens and dumped them a few miles down the road. I told him he was wrong in dumping his female cats and kittens, he should have dropped them off to animal control if he didn’t want them. I asked him if he was going to get his 3 male cats neutered, he said NO! I than said he needs to neuter his cats or he will continue the problem with unwanted kittens. His reply was one I would expect from a Neanderthal or white trash trailer park boy, He said “ it is the females responsibility to take care of birth control not the males and that he was not going to “cut his male cats nuts off”” and thus the reason of dumping the females. I told him that he was responsible for his male cats and that he needed to “fix his cats” his cats are contributing to the over population of cats. He said it was not his problem! Yeah, it is your problem, if his cats continuing coming over to our house spraying and defecating in our garden. I will have animal control come remove his cats from our yard and they will neuter the cats- under the law in our county-dogs and cats cannot roam. His response “that’s a good way to get your neighbor mad” and I said ” explain your actions to animal control, I am sure you broke so many laws in dumping your cats… and letting your cats roam free. Some people should not have animals or children.

    I have rescued cats, dogs, birds, lizards, snakes, and frogs and taken care of them until they were healthy again, found homes, released back into the wild (birds, lizards, snakes, frogs). I have cats; they are inside cats and are spayed. I understand multiplication =overpopulation of animals. It is not right to continue this abuse of animals.
    Our family neuter dog is an inside dog and when I let him outside in our fenced in backyard; I do not allow him to disrupt other’s people life with barking. Don’t let your dogs bark continually, disrupting other people’s quality of life. (Some people work at night and sleep in the day, others work from home and barking dogs does not sound professional, babies are taking naps and mom’s trying to regenerate) Train your animals, it is not hard, but it takes work on your part and I think this is where the problem lies.

    If you have animals, control them as you would your children. Keep your pets inside and if going for walks pick up their poop and don’t let them do their business in someone’s yard. (You wouldn’t allow your children to defecate on your neighbor yard). The damage this does to a yard, especially when you have to keep re-seeding due to animals’ defecation destroying the yard. HOA fines if your yard is not kept pristine.

    Common sense and hard work… what makes an animal a true companion?

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