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ANIMAL CRUELTY

Decapitated cat shocks residents of Swiss town

The gruesome discovery of a cat's head on a street in northern Switzerland has left residents uneasy.

Decapitated cat shocks residents of Swiss town
The city of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. File photo: Hans Nater

“What they did to my Loki is really evil,” the 47-year-old owner of the cat told Swiss online newspaper 20 minutes.

The woman from Schaffhausen said she last saw her pet early on Monday. On Wednesday, when the cat still hadn’t returned, she called the police who showed her a series of pictures of a cat’s head which had been found on a local street.

“I knew straightaway it was Loki. He is the only black cat around here and the shape of his head is very distinctive.”

Police said in a statement released on Thursday that an unknown person had killed the cat on Monday and Tuesday. That person had then removed the cat’s head, possibly with a work tool, and placed it on the street.

Police are now searching for the animal’s killer and have called on the public to provide information.

Disturbing photos of the cat’s head were also released.

SCHAFFHAUSEN

UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker

Swiss police on Tuesday tracked down and arrested a man believed to have carried out a chainsaw attack in a Schaffhausen office building which left several injured.

UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker
Police in Schaffhausen after the attack. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP
Schaffhausen police said in a statement that a suspect was arrested by Zurich police late on Tuesday in Thalwil, a town south of Zurich.
 
In a press conference and additional statement on Wednesday morning police said the suspect was located thanks to help from the public, who had reported his presence in Thalwil. 
 
He was alone and on foot at the time he was apprehended, and did not resist arrest.
 
The chainsaw used in the attack was not in his possession, but he was carrying two loaded crossbows and two sharpened pieces of wood in a plastic bag.
   
The alleged perpetrator was identified on Monday as police appealed to the public to help track him down.
 
The suspect has a criminal history and had reportedly been living in a forest.
 
He is alleged to have targeted the CSS insurance company in the northern town of Schaffhausen, storming into their office and injuring two people, one of them seriously.
   
Three other people suffered various injuries amid the subsequent fracas.
 
The suspect was caught on camera just before the attack carrying a black bag and rucksack in a photo that police issued to the public during a massive manhunt. 
 
An international warrant was issued for his arrest and Schaffhausen police were helped by police forces from neighbouring cantons in their search.
 
Over 300 police officers were involved in the search.