£2,000 PETA Reward Granted to Witness Who Helped Put Surrey Cat Killed Behind Bars

For Immediate Release:
17 February 2017

Olivia Jordan +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; [email protected]


Group Commends Compassionate Witness and Surrey Police for Making the Community a Safer Place for All Its Residents

Guildford, Surrey – PETA is awarding £2,000 to a witness whose testimony led to the conviction of Farncombe resident Franky Mills, who was sentenced today to 24 months imprisonment at a young offenders prison.after shooting seven cats in the Guildford and Cranleigh areas. Among his victims were Ruby, a beloved family cat who was shot in the neck and had to be euthanised as a result of her wounds, and Coco, who fortunately survived but had to have an eye removed because of the injuries sustained.

“We’re delighted that our reward has helped make Surrey a safer place with Mr Mills behind bars, and we commend Surrey Police for its efforts to apprehend him”, says PETA Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi. “Animal abusers are a danger to everyone: they take their issues out on whoever is available to them – human or non-human. It’s imperative that people who suspect that cruelty to animals is taking place voice their concerns to the police so that culprits can be swiftly brought to justice.”

Sergeant Paul Eden from Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Team adds, “I hope that this outcome reassures the public that we take reports of this kind extremely seriously and will take action against those who behave in such a cruel and vile manner in our communities”.

It’s vital that crimes against animals be taken seriously – for the safety of the entire community. Mental-health professionals and top law-enforcement officials consider animal abuse to be a red flag indicating a deep mental disturbance. PETA is currently offering another reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture and conviction of the “Cat Ripper of Croydon”, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 32 cats over the last two years. In many cases, the victims were disembowelled or their heads and tails were removed – and other people in the area have reported that cats have returned home with stab wounds. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.

For more information, visit PETA.org.uk.