Police Closer To Finding Cause Of Cat Deaths - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Police Closer To Finding Cause Of Cat Deaths

Published September 1, 2015

Police have concluded that cats across south Iceland have been poisoned, but they still do not know with what.

Vísir reports that police in south Iceland are awaiting lab results to determine how untold numbers of cats in Hveragerði are being poisoned. Three cats have died so far, but more could have ingested poison in smaller quantities.

Both a mysterious blue fish fillet and one of the deceased cats have been sent to a lab for examination. Chief of south Iceland police Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson told reporters that investigations are still ongoing, although there are as yet no suspects, nor is it even known if the cats were poisoned deliberately.

As reported earlier this month, Aðalstein Magnússon, the owner of the cat who most recently died, reported finding a strange blue fish fillet near his house, and that birds have been dying around the houses of his neighbours. Police confirmed that the fish was also being examined.

“I don’t really know what to say,” Aðalstein said. “I am so angry and hurt at the same time. Either there is some very sick individual in our town who’s having fun killing animals, or he tossed this [fish] up onto the roof to kill seagulls but it fell to the ground. Whatever it is, it’s not smart.”

Police are investigating with the aid of veterinary officials.

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