Owners Blame Witchcraft for Missing North Yorkshire Cats
Police are investigating the disappearance of five black cats in two villages, which their owners believe could be linked to witchcraft. Owners of black cats in Croft-on-Tees and Dalton-on-Tees in North Yorkshire are keeping their pets indoors and say no cats of other colors have gone missing.
“I have been thinking in terms of witchcraft, or perhaps the closeness to Hallowe’en. It’s a disturbing thought but it’s still there,” said Harriet Boyd, 39, a lecturer in dental therapy from Croft whose cats Arthur and Austin, both of which were microhipped, have vanished.
Jackie Schmidt, who lives nearby, lost her black cat, Tom, last month. “The only plausible answer is that someone is taking them and you have to wonder at someone who would do that,” she related. “We put an ad in a local paper and that’s when we got a call from a lady in Dalton saying two black cats, very similar to the ones missing in Croft, had disappeared from there too. It’s very peculiar and worrying. If we get another cat, it won’t be black because this can’t be a coincidence. The cats are chipped and none has been found on the roads.”
Source: Gabriella Swerling, The Times, October 4, 2017.