Fox fears after spate of cat deaths

Matthew Francis pictured with his daughters, Jemina and Eva who are devastated by the loss of their pet cat, Tinkerbell. Photo by John Crossland.
Matthew Francis pictured with his daughters, Jemina and Eva who are devastated by the loss of their pet cat, Tinkerbell. Photo by John Crossland.
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A SPATE of cat deaths in a residential area of Skegness has led a resident to suspect wild fox attacks as the cause.

Matthew Francis of Lyndhurst Avenue, is urging people, living in that area, to be vigilant after his nine-month-old kitten was found brutally mauled to death in a neighbours garden.

“We let her out as usual on a Friday night and within an hour, she normally wants to come back in but we didn’t hear anything from her all night and then nothing in the morning either,” said Matthew.

It was then that Matthew and his family received the devastating news that ‘Tinkerbell’ their long-haired, black kitten, was lying dead in the their next door neighbour’s garden.

“To me, it looked definitely like a large fox had got her, we had to tell our six-year-old that out neighbour had found Tinkerbell and taken her to the vets because she was poorly and was then put to sleep,” added Matthew.

However, an RSPCA spokesperson stated that there had been ‘no fox attacks on cats reported in Skegness for the whole of March’, but Matthew claims that a number of other residents in that area have had pets ‘go missing or been found dead in a similar condition’.

“I was told that a fox has been seen in the local area and since my pet’s death I’ve heard that two other cats have been killed just around the corner in Burgh Road,” said Matthew.

“The other day I also had a poster pushed through our door, looking for a one-eyed cat that had gone missing from the Lyndhurst Avenue area.”

And a pet dog is alleged to have been attacked by a fox in broad daylight where the fox managed to rip off the dog’s ear.

“My wife, told me that in Lincoln Road, a dog was attacked by a fox,” Matthew continued.

“It was in broad daylight and it actually took of its ear. It’s obviously a major problem here and now I don’t think you see cats any more around this area. I would just like to ask all cat and pet owners to be careful when letting pets out as what happened to Tinkerbell, has left our family devastated,” added Matthew.

The RSPCA advises, members of the public remove access to any potential food supplies, remove places of shelter and put fences and planting up to help deter foxes from gardens.