A 40-year-old male was taken in by Manenberg police station on Friday, August 20 for questioning regarding serial cat killings.
This comes after CCTV footage showed that two dogs were used to capture the cat victims. The Animal Welfare Society of SA removed two dogs from the home where it is believed that the alleged serial cat killer lives.
However, residents were left disappointed after police confirmed that the suspect has been released due to the lack of evidence linking the male to the crimes, reports EWN.
The police’s Joseph Swartbooi expressed that, “A 40-year-old man has been arrested on Friday, 20 August and detained. During questioning, it was found that there was not enough evidence to link him to the crime. The suspect has since been released, and the investigation into the matter continues.”
The man denied being the owner of the two dogs.
The Animal Welfare Society’s Allan Perrins said: “It may be premature to celebrate a complete triumph at this stage of the game. There’s a legal process that has to be followed. At the moment, we have somebody in custody, subjected to intensive questioning by the detectives. The prosecutor will consider the possible formulation of applicable charges.”
“I think, for now, the real victory in the short-term or in the immediate term is the fact that the cat killings have stopped and the dogs that were in that individual’s care have now been taken into our care and are thriving and I think that we’ve got the right individual.”