PETITION TARGETS: Prosecutors, Highbury Magistrates Court
At least 20 defenseless cats have been found — mutilated, dead, and decapitated — in North London, according to news reports.
Investigators have determined the cats likely were killed by a single person between September and February. At least some of the defenseless animals reportedly had been beheaded, while others had their faces cut off, according to news reports.
Authorities have charged David Avhanvhondo on counts of violating the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Avhanvhondo pleaded not guilty to both charges when he appeared before the Highbury Magistrates Court.
The link between intentional, fatal, and gruesome cruelty to animals and later — or simultaneous — acts of violence against people is well-documented.
Whoever heinously killed these sweet cats must be held fully accountable — including a maximum ban on owning or being near animals and intensive counseling, supervision, or other needed intervention services.
Sign our petition urging prosecutors and the court to treat this case with the severity it deserves and send a clear message that fatal and intentional animal cruelty will NOT be taken lightly.