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Continued concern about missing cats in Stranraer

12 July 2014

We have been concerned for some time about the number of cats reported missing in the Stranraer area. Last year saw a rapid increase and it was suspected that two unsavoury characters were stealing them for ill gains. We had discussions with the police and were given the impression that a file would be kept on the subject.

However, one year on and the number of cats missing has risen again in Stranraer. I have had upsetting reports from members of the public about dog attacks on cats in the area. It appears that these may be deliberate acts rather than accidents. I have spoken to the police and SSPCA; however, they say there is little they can do without evidence. The SSPCA were not aware of the missing cat problem in Stranraer.

The Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) recommended Defra extends the law on dangerous dogs to cover attacks that injure protected animals. This would include cats. This was recommended in 2013 and I have not been able to find the outcome yet. However, it is an offence to have your dogs out of control and allowing them to attack and kill a cat while you look on is what I would call blatantly out of control.

If you hear of any such behaviour or have suspicions about missing cats, please inform the police on 101 and the SSPCA on 03000 999 999. The police have suggested that reports coming third party through us carry no weight.

We offer a lost and found service via our social media pages and website. However if your cat goes missing, you must also inform the SSPCA and insist it is passed to the local SSPCA inspector so they can be kept abreast of what is happening.