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Mystery as cats disappear around Dufftown

By Alistair Whitfield

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Fears are growing that someone is either stealing or killing cats in and around Dufftown.

Several of the disappearances have happened near Mortlach Kirk.
Several of the disappearances have happened near Mortlach Kirk.

At least a dozen pets have gone missing during the course of the past two months.

No trace has been found of any of them.

The latest incident occurred on Monday.

Four cats from the same household in Glen Rinnes were let out in the morning.

None of the four have returned since.

Tina Wells, a cat owner from Dufftown, is contacting the police today due to the rising concerns that foul play may be involved.

She said: "Pet cats are disappearing at an alarming rate.

"It's starting to feel like somebody might be taking them for whatever reason.

"It's devastating for the families involved.

"I know one young man who's very distressed after losing two cats and has put up a reward.

"No bodies have been found which is very strange.

"So I think it's important to spread awareness about what might be happening.

"I'm certainly not letting my cats out now unless I'm with them."

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