Mystery Surrounds Series Of Missing Cats In Mosfellsbær - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Mystery Surrounds Series Of Missing Cats In Mosfellsbær

Published October 22, 2019

Andie Fontaine
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Cats have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances in the town of Mosfellsbær, Fréttablaðið reports, and while there are numerous speculations, no one is exactly sure why this keeps happening.

The latest case involves Gréttir (which is, incidentally, the Icelandic interpretation of Garfield’s name), the cat of Árný Ösp Aðalsteinsdóttir and Haraldur Þrastarson, who went missing last June. Beside themselves with grief, they have been diligently asking around, in person and online, if anyone has seen him.

In her conversations with her neighbours, a disturbing pattern emerged.

One neighbour recounted having seen a man drop off a cat at Kjósin, a wilderness area north of town, and drive away. The location is telling, as Fréttablaðið reported five years ago that an unnamed father and son team were picking up cats in Mosfellsbær and dropping them off at Kjósin.

“People have heard all kinds of stories about disappearing cats over the years,” Árný tells reporters. “This case seems to have a 20 year history, but no one has bothered to investigate it further.”

As it turns out, a number of cats have been missing from Mosfellsbær recently, as numerous Facebook posts from town residents attest. Town council officials that reporters contacted said that there have been no formal requests submitted to them to get to the bottom of the matter. That may soon change, if these understandably worried cat owners organise their efforts.

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