A DEVASTATED widow is warning local cat owners after her black tom Golly was the fourth feline to disappear from Knowle in one night.
Pam Jackson, of Stourton Close, was distraught after her beloved five-year-old pet failed to return home on January 11.
But when she began checking with friends and neighbours, she discovered a disturbing trend; three other cats had disappeared on the same night.
“Something is happening in Knowle,” said the 69-year-old. “I’m 70 this year, a lot of the people who’ve had cats go are elderly, it’s heartbreaking.
“I’ve asked every vet from here to Shirley. I’ve put up 200 posters, I’ve walked for miles. We’ve done everything we can.
“I’ve just been crying and crying since I lost him.”
A Bengal and a Siamese, both pedigree breeds, are also still believed to be missing while the fourth, a black and white cat, has been reunited with owner Selina Burd.
“We were really lucky,” added Mrs Burd. “There are lots of people who haven’t had their cats back. It’s like losing one of the children.”
Animal Search UK records an additional five cats have gone missing within a five mile radius of the village so far this year.
Mary Rich, of Pet Search Solihull and Birmingham, said: “Apparently quite a few went missing on one night. It does ring alarm bells that two are pedigree. I believe there’s been a lot of missing notices going up but I haven’t received many reports personally.”
Ms Rich said cases of catnapping were unusual but not unheard of: “I remember one occasion, there was somebody who didn’t like cats and was taking them away in a basket. He didn’t harm them, he was just releasing them to different places.”
Anyone with any information should call Mary on 0121 704 4377 or visit www.animalsearchuk.co.uk.