"It’s a serious phenomenom," says Marie-Louise Triollet, vice-president of the French society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPA) in an interview with Ouest France. "We have to warn the people of Angers. Tell cats owners to remain vigilant."
In 2011, 522 cats disappeared in the town of Angers in the west of France, up from 200 in 2000.
"It’s the first time we have this type of problem," says SPA president Michel Bernardin.
The members of his organisation have been speculating about the reasons why pets are mysteriously going missing in Angers. The cat disappearances occur in several areas of the town Avrillé, Tréazé ou des Ponts-de Cé, reports Angers Ma Ville.
"Who is behind these disappearances? And why?," asks Michel Bernardin. "All the hypotheses have been examined... even the work of fur traffickers," says Michelle Doisneau in an interview with Angers Ma ville. "It’s happened in other cities. In Nantes, the police uncovered a trafficking network that was providing eastern countries with cat fur."