Kamloops cat killings not suspicious, expert says
A pair of recent Kamloops cat killings believed to have been suspicious are likely the work of a natural predator, according to an expert brought in to help solve a rash of similar finds in the Lower Mainland.
Melinda Merck, an Atlanta-based forensic veterinary expert, reviewed evidence from both Kamloops discoveries — one in Valleyview and the other in Aberdeen.
"Dr. Merck viewed photographs of the cats and the placement of the cat and, based on her expertise, she determined it was likely a predator," said Marcie Moriarty, the BCSPCA's general manager of cruelty investigations.
Merck also determined a rash of mutilated animal corpses — 20 cats, eight crows, one rabbit and one dog — discovered in recent weeks in Maple Ridge and Langley were also likely the work of natural predators.
— with files from Monisha Martins