South Korean police are searching for a “serial cat killer” believed to have poisoned more than 1,000 cats to death in the city of Daejeon.
Suspicious deaths of several stray cats are being investigated in Daejeon after locals reported finding cat carcasses near rat-poisoned meat, Russia Today reported.
South Korean animal rights activists have asked President Moon Jae-in to arrest the man who allegedly killed more than 1,000 stray cats.
An online petition has been launched asking Moon to stop the “serial cat killer” in Daejeon. More than 43,000 people supported the campaign with their signatures.
Authorities examined an animal corpse and a broken piece of meat, as well as surveillance footage from the Sintanjin district.
Police are also looking for a man who bought rat poison at a pharmacy about a month ago.
The Korean Animal Rescue 119 group said they believed a man in his 70s was behind the cat deaths. Members of the group claimed to have caught the elderly man leaving poisoned food in 2018.
Animal rights activists said they have seen more than 1,000 cat deaths in the past 13 years in the neighborhood, which has 30 pieces of raw or cooked chicken meat poisoned by mice every day.