The SA Police Service has confirmed that a suspect in the killing of more than 40 cats in Manenberg, Cape Town, has been taken into custody after being identified through CCTV footage.
He is 40 years old and is yet to be charged by police after being arrested yesterday, according to the Animal Welfare Society.
The area was plagued for weeks by the grisly discoveries of slaughtered, disemboweled cats thrown into their yards.
The society had offered a reward of R10,000 for information that would lead to an accurate arrest, while the SA Satanic Church offered to chip in another R10,000 after being falsely linked to the crimes.
The suspect was tracked down through his dogs, a pit bull cross, and a short-haired terrier, which were captured on camera attacking cats in Manenberg.
The dogs were found at their owner’s home in Manenberg.
It has been reported that the dogs were abused by their owner and had been used to help capture the cat victims.
Serial killer profilers often point out that such criminals commonly start with torturing and killing small animals before graduating to killing humans.
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