'Foxes can't get to recycling bins so they eat our pets', says Sanderstead resident
FOXES have killed seven cats in attacks that have been compared to shark film Jaws.
A fox was seen on Tuesday in Norfolk Avenue, Sanderstead, with beloved family pet Jasmine dangling from his jaws.
She was the seventh victim of the sly assassins, who have been on a killing spree since December, even leaving one cat decapitated in a back garden.
John Jefkins, Jasmine's owner and a resident of Norfolk Avenue, witnessed the demise of his beloved cat.
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He explained: "I had put her out only ten minutes before. We keep her locked in at night because our neighbours told us their cats had gone missing.
"I just went into the kitchen to get a drink and I glimpsed the fox carrying Jasmine in its jaws by the throat. She was so limp. I wish I hadn't seen it.
"I tried to chase after it and myself and some neighbours went to look, but we haven't found anything. I don't have much hope we will find her alive.
"It's like the movie Jaws. Jasmine was only six, we've had her since she was a kitten; I just can't get the image of her lifeless body out of my head.
"We wouldn't dare get another kitten now with Jaws out there."
Jasmine's untimely fate follows next-door neighbour Carlotta, the pet of Denis Rawlings, another resident of Norfolk Avenue.
He said: "About two weeks ago Carlotta went missing. She was always a big thing.
"We put leaflets out but no one saw anything, then a neighbour about five doors down told me they'd found the body.
"Since December seven cats in the area have gone missing along this road and we know it's the foxes.
"The fact that John's cat was taken in the middle of the day is simply brazen."
Mr Jefkins' distressed daughters have now made leaflets for their neighbours, to warn them of the bloodthirsty foxes and to keep their pets inside to stop an eight cat falling victim to the onslaught.
"I will continue to search the area but I don't have much hope", said Mr Jefkins.
"It is becoming a real epidemic in the area. They can't get to the recycling bins anymore so they eat our pets.