The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) says it has received the independent Post Mortem reports on the Manenberg cat cadavers sent to the Western Cape Government Veterinary Laboratory on the 30th July and they confirm the organisation’s “worst fears.”
“Based on the Veterinary Pathologists comments and observations we can now confidently state that the vast majority of cats were maliciously and brutally killed by a person or group of individuals,”-AWS.
The post mortem reports confirmed the following:
- One of the cats died as a result of severe blunt force trauma to her left dorsal thorax leading to traumatic severing of the spine and multiple fractures to the ribs. The sharp fractured ribs caused lacerations inside the chest cavity leading to severe damage of the lungs. In lay terms she was viciously beaten to a pulp before sliced open with a sharp blade and disembowelled.
- The other cat suffered equally gruesome fatal injuries and had post mortem alterations to his body. His right thoracic wall had been surgically removed and the nature of his injuries suggests that it was cut away with a sharp blade. In lay terms he had been primitively dissected and gutted.
- The report confirms that the cat’s hearts and lungs had been removed by severing the trachea and esophagus at the thoracic inlet and cutting away part of the diaphragm. The wound edges were smooth and linear as if made by a sharp blade.
“This corroborates our early observations. In lay terms someone had surgically removed a part of their rib cage and ripped out their hearts and lungs,” the AWS said.
Adding that there is now clear evidence of “human intervention” as neither of the cadavers had any signs of associated dog trauma.
“The traumatic manner in which these cats are being killed has significantly escalated to a degree like nothing ever seen before and we are now finding bodies chopped clean in half on the sidewalk.”
The AWS has therefore increased the reward from R5 000 to R7 000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).
Furthermore the organisation says it has enhanced its investigative efforts.
Anyone with information is asked to call 021 692 2626 during office hours or 082 601 1761 after hours.