Charges Filed To Investigate Mysterious Cat Killer In South Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Charges Filed To Investigate Mysterious Cat Killer In South Iceland

Published November 17, 2016

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The Icelandic Food And Veterinary Authority (MAST) has filed charges with the police to investigate a series of deliberate cat poisonings across south Iceland.

RÚV reports that yet another cat has been found poisoned in south Iceland, this time in Selfoss, at the beginning of last month. The modus operandi was once again poisoned food; in this case, antifreeze was added to “some kind of feed”.

The cat’s body was sent to the University of Iceland for examination, and while there are no suspects at the time of this writing, MAST says the police are investigating. It is not known at this time if all these deaths were perpetrated by the same individual, or a series of individuals.

As reported, two cats were found dead from poisoning in south Iceland last August, and about a dozen cats were poisoned in Hveragerði last year. The only clue so far has been a fish fillet, found near the scene of the last cat death in 2015, which was dyed a strange blue color. Dead birds were also found near the fish fillet, prompting authorities to believe the fish was used as the poison delivery medium.

“I don’t really know what to say,” cat owner Aðalstein Magnússon told reporters at the time. “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.”

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