When Ashleigh Hicks created a Facebook group to find her missing cat, Moses, she had no idea that she would uncover a mystery shrouding her New Zealand city. Moses went missing not too long ago, but she wasn’t too worried about it. In fact, Hicks states that Moses would go out and do his thing every so often and return when he was ready. She missed her feline friend, but she was not too concerned. It wasn’t until she realized that he was not coming back a few days later that she decided to set up a Facebook account in hopes she could find her missing cat. Upon setting up the account, she received more than 50 messages from other people in the same area whose cats also just vanished.
Since cats are not all that likely to wander too far from home, Hicks realized that there is something off. All these cats that are not known for wandering off have all disappeared without warning or a trace this year alone? It’s not right, right? To make matters worse, the number quickly jumped to 100 missing cats following her #freethefurbabies hashtag. What makes it even more mysterious is that one woman had three cats go missing in just as many months. Ashleigh Hicks and the people whose cats have gone missing have contacted the local authorities, but have been told there is nothing they can do. Upon requesting help from the local Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, they were told that the cats were probably just out looking to mate. Right now, it seems that this small New Zealand town is getting no help in this situation.
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