Man charged in relation to deaths of cats in North London

Man charged in relation to deaths of cats in North London

A man has been charged after officers in Islington found many dead cats in public venue.

Between September 2022 and February 2023, concerns were raised about the discovery of a number of dead cats in the vicinity of the Pleydell Estate.

Plainclothes officers were deployed to the area to carry out overnight patrols in response to concerns.

At around 4am on Sunday, 12th February, they stopped and arrested a man on suspicion of animal cruelty.

David Avhanvhondo, 56 (20.12.66) of King Square, London, EC1V was charged the next day with the following offences:

  • Carrying out a prohibited procedure on a protected animal
  • Causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal

He appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 13 February where he entered not guilty pleas.

He will appear again at the court on Wednesday, 28 February

Anyone who believes they have information relevant to the open case should report this to 101, providing the reference number 2701641/23

Note on active proceedings:

Media and the public should be mindful that proceedings in this case are active. We have been cautious not to include specific details of the alleged offending and would remind others of the need to avoid speculation or detailed commentary that could cause a substantial risk of serious prejudice to future proceedings. This includes posts on social media.

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