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London Police Outfoxed, Abandon 3-Year Search For Serial Cat Killer

Scotland Yard is hoping to put fears of a serial cat killer to rest. Authorities now say that scavenging animals, not sadistic humans, are responsible for hundreds of reported cat mutilations.
Scotland Yard wrapped up a near three-year-long investigation into cats mutilation in the U.K., saying wildlife was the likely culprit. Source: Domokos Marcell / EyeEm

It was a damp and dreary November nearly three years ago, when the London Metropolitan Police decided it was time to act. People kept calling with reports of grisly findings: mutilated cats, some with their heads and tails removed in and around the borough of Croydon.

Not much else was known and yet residents, abetted by a , speculated about a on the loose, wondering what or whom might next fall victim to the .

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