Raglan cat-lover wants out as killings continue
Raglan cat owners have rallied to put a stop to an elusive neighbourhood moggie murderer but the whistle blower has had enough of the hostility in the community and wants out of her Wainui Rd home.
Julia Hill had two cats go missing from her Raglan home while she was away on holiday. When she returned, she found one of them frozen and at the bottom of a neighbour's rubbish bag.
She took her cat for inspection at a Raglan veterinary clinic, which has recorded 15 cats missing from the small neighbourhood in the past year.
Former and current residents of the tiny neighbourhood of around 20 houses sent Waikato Times copies of affidavits they wanted to use to urge a police prosecution but without hard evidence they have been told there was nothing authorities could do.
Ms Hill, a single mother of two children, refused to bring another cat into the same neighbourhood and wants to pack her bags and move her family for good.
"I'm on the hunt to get the hell out of here 'cause I'm done with it," she said. "Six cats gone so I'm not going through that again and I'm not putting my kids through that again, and I believe it would happen again."
Andrew Lovrin cared for Ms Hill's two cats, Max and Maxi, while she was on holiday and was with her when she found her cat at the bottom of a neighbour's Wainui Rd driveway.
Mr Lovrin was a recent arrival to the coastal town but rounded support against the cat killers who he believed were native bird enthusiasts.
"They should volunteer for DOC," he said "Instead, what they do is they sit at home and kill the neighbourhood cats - people's pets."
Mr Lovrin pointed to a longtime Raglan resident and said he had been killing cat for decades and had to be stopped.
"I just think they're a bit wacko," he said. "He doesn't like cats, that's fine."
"We want it to end. We're sick of it and we want the truth to come out."
Murdo Shaw lived in the neighbourhood where Wainui Rd and Rakaunui Rd intersect from 2003 to 2004 but moved after three of his cats disappeared.
"We experienced the same thing 10 years ago," Mr Shaw said.
"I saw the story and I said: ‘Hey, look at that. That's Julia and she lives in that neck-of-the-woods' and I said: ‘Oh my God, he's still doing it'."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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