An 85-year old Newry woman has been arrested by the PSNI after being caught on film kidnapping one of her neighbour’s cats with which she is accused of making fur coats.
The recent disappearance of domestic animals in the area started to arise suspicion from local residents when some people started to notice the old lady’s particular fur coats, some even recognizing their cats in the coat’s furs, a fact the lady vehemently denied before being caught on videotape by a private detective hired by local residents to follow the suspicious lady.
It is believed the old lady started at first to raise her own cats but finally decided to capture neighbouring cats because she “got too much attached to the little critters”, she admitted in court.
The retired fashion designer lured the cats with food and skinned them in her basement where she dried the skins. She also used the meat of the cats to lure other cats who unwittingly were eating their own species, a disgusting and cruel hobby admits local USPCA spokeswoman Laura Patton.
The grandmother of six is expected to spend 18 months in prison for her crime.