Warning to pet owners as cat is found beheaded in Eastbourne

Cavendish Place, Eastbourne. Photo by Google Map Street View. SUS-150814-131215001
Cavendish Place, Eastbourne. Photo by Google Map Street View. SUS-150814-131215001

Pet owners are being warned to be extra vigilant with their animals after a cat was beheaded in Eastbourne.

Sarah Langley’s cat Smokey went missing from her home, on Langney Road, last Sunday evening (August 2). She put up posters and informed local vets in a desperate bid to have the pet returned to her.

However, on Monday morning (August 10), she received a distressing call from a member of the public who had found a cat’s head on Cavendish Place, and believed it to be that of beloved Smokey.

Ms Langley said, “Smokey went missing last Sunday evening. She usually comes back for her tea, but when she didn’t, I started calling her name, and she still didn’t come running. I put posters up and informed local vets, and started asking all the neighbours if they’d seen her, checking their gardens and shed.

“There was a possible sighting on Thursday or Friday last week, but it wasn’t her, and then on Monday morning this week, I got a phone call to say somebody had found a cats head without its body near the bus stop in Cavendish Place.

“The man asked if my cat was all black, and I said yes, apart from the little white spot she had on her chest. I haven’t seen the head that was found but I fear it is Smokey’s.

“The man said it was a completely clean cut, that it couldn’t have been done by a fox or being hit by a car. Somebody did this, which is absolutely awful. I don’t know where the body is, but there have been stories before about people killing animals for food. I think it happened with a swan here once.

“We have a dog as well and now I’m worried about it going outdoors. If somebody is doing this to animals, it’s disgusting and people need to be extra careful with their pets.

“We lost our three-year-old daughter to cancer and so Smokey was like our little baby. We’ve had her about six years and we’re devastated by what’s happened.”

Dan Black, who found the cat’s head, is also urging parents to be vigilant when walking their children along roads in that area of town.

The incident has been reported to police, who are said to be investigating.

The Eastbourne Herald has seen images of the incident being described, but decided they were too graphic to print.

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