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A Surrey cat killer behind bars

Franky MILLS

1:50pm 17th February 2017
(Updated 3:29pm 17th February 2017)

A Surrey cat killer has been caught and put behind bars.

Frankie Mills, 19-years-old and from Farncombe, has been convicted for seven cat shootings in Guildford and Cranleigh.

He is beginning a 24 month sentence at a young offenders prison today (February 17).

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal damage and seven counts of possession of a firearm at Guildford Crown Court.  

Among his victims were Ruby, a beloved family cat who was shot in the neck and had to be put down as a result of her injuries. 

Her owner said: “When we first got Ruby she was a very shy cat and we spent lots of time with her to make her the loving cat she became.

"My son was very attached to her and she would always sleep on his bed.

"My son took the news really badly and started struggling at school and would become very tearful and quiet.

"The person who shot our cat has changed our family forever and this is something I will never forgive or forget.”


Mills' victims:

1. Bomber from Cranleigh.
The family cat was shot in the neck on March 21, 2016.

2. Ruby from Cranleigh 
"A beloved family’s pet cat" was shot in the neck on March 22, 2016, which resulted in the cat having to be put down and later excavated for forensic examination.

3. Coco from Cranleigh
Was shot in the eye which had to be later removed on March 22, 2016.

4. Black and White from Cranleigh
Was shot at through a window causing him to fall and injure himself on March 22, 2016

5. Pebbles from Guildford
Was shot in the eye and had to have it removed on March 22, 2016.

6. Dexter from Guildford
Was shot twice in the upper leg causing injuries which resulted in him having to have an operation on March 31, 2016.

7. Snoopy from Cranleigh
Was shot outside the front door of his owners home which resulted in him having his leg amputated on April 1, 2016.

PETA has awarded £2,000 to a witness whose testimony led to the conviction.

Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi from the charity said: "We're delighted that our reward has helped make Surrey a safer place and we commend Surrey Police for its efforts to apprehend him.

"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."

"The person who shot our cat has changed our family forever." 

Sergeant Paul Eden from Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Team added: "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." 

Mills will serve a 12 month custodial sentence and 12 months on licence.

Mills was also fined £100 and his phone and air weapons were confiscated and will be destroyed.

Hunt still on for Cat Ripper of Croydon

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.

In recent months cats killed in a similar manner were reported in Surrey and Hampshire.

In January Police said a cat with its head and tail missing was found near its owner's home in Godalming.

The gruesome discovery was made in a churchyard near Croft Road.

The owner contacted SNARL (South Norwood Animal Rights and Liberty).

Tony Jenkins is co-founder of the group and told Eagle Radio the worst part if the seemingly deliberate intention for the public to find the remains: "We think the kick is not so much killing the cats but putting them on display for owners to find. 

"And putting them in public places, like we have had a couple of bodies left close to schools - the kick is definitely the public display of the body and causing maximum distress particularly to the owners."

Mr Mills was also fined £100 and his phone and air weapons were confiscated and will be destroyed.

He will serve a 12 month custodial sentence and 12 months on licence.


RSPCA cat advice

A week earlier the Met Police began investigating a similar death.

In a statement at the time it said: "This incident will form part of Croydon Police’s ongoing investigation into a series of reported animal mutilations in Croydon, and in other London boroughs and areas outside London."

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty posted on its Facebook Group: 

"Tony and Surrey police attended the scene of a cat found in Redhill, RH1 this morning.

"The cat bore injuries similar to those seen on other victims of the cat killer.

"His owner has been informed. Our thoughts are with them and the lady who found the body.

"May he rest in peace xx"

Anyone with information on any cat killings is encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999 and the police.

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