A cat was found decapitated, with its tail and a limb removed, in New Malden.
The female tortoiseshell cat was discovered in an elderly gentlemen’s garden, and taken to New Malden Vets in Burlington Road.
The death has been linked to the so-called ‘M25 cat killer’ that is believed to be responsible for over 350 animal deaths in the south-east since 2015. Police are offering a £10,000 reward for anyone who can help catch the culprit.
A spokesperson for the surgery said: “Sadly we have had a cat bought in to us that had passed away, and had injuries linked to the M25 cat killer.”
Animal charity SNARL, based in Croydon, are working closely with police as part of an ongoing investigation in to the spate of attacks.
A spokesperson for SNARL said: “We are currently investigating what seems to be a spate of attacks across the South East on cats and rabbits.
“We are specifically investigating one thing – and that is the killing and mutilation of animals in the UK.
“Our advice is to bring animals indoors, especially at night. Having locks on cages is no deterrent against a determined individual or individuals who want to harm your pet. At least one of the cases we are looking at involves the destruction of a cage.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Met police on 101, the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.