Celebrity pet nap fears Handsome George with 9,000 Twitter followers becomes the NINTH moggy to disappear from Cumbrian village
- Gorgeous cat George went missing from his Thornhill home on 11 November
- The two-year-old cat has 9,000 Twitter followers who are looking for updates
- Locals in the Cumbrian village fear George may have been kidnapped
- Owner Steve Haywood said there has been a rash of cat abductions recently
A ‘celebrity’ cat known as ‘Gorgeous George’ is feared to have become the latest victim of a kidnapper preying on a village’s pets.
There are now eight cats missing from their homes and feline influencer George, who has 9,000 Twitter followers, is thought to be the latest victim.
Owners Steve and Vanessa Haywood are hoping his high profile will spread word of his disappearance far beyond the West Cumbrian village of Thornhill where he was last seen.
He is the ninth cat to go missing in just a few weeks and his owners believe a cat picker is on the loose.
It’s been a week since the cat Gorgeous George, pictured, went missing from his home in Thornhill, Cumbria
George was last seen by his owners on Nov. 11 and fears are mounting for his safety
Owner Steve Haywood said there has been a surge in cat thefts in Thornhill in recent weeks
George, who is just over two years old, went missing last Friday night (November 11) and hasn’t been seen since.
Mr Haywood said: ‘We are gutted and very concerned for him. George has never been out for more than a day before.
‘There is a worrying trend in Thornhill of disappearing cats and I have reported that George is also missing.
“I think everyone in Thornhill should report missing cats or we’re going nowhere.”
“We hope it comes back, of course, but there’s always that thought that it doesn’t with these suspicious happenings.”
Mr Haywood said members of the Thornhill Residents’ Group have reported that their cats have gone missing.
He said: ‘If one goes missing it’s just one cat missing, but eight of them are a pattern.
“Eight is a pattern we could look into and eight is a pattern we could maybe catch someone in.”
George has always been allowed out of the house but he never goes out at night and comes home to sleep on the sofa in his cardigan or cuddled up in bed with his masters.
Mrs Haywood realized he was missing on Saturday after she had spent the night dozing on the sofa.
She knew something was wrong when he didn’t come back for his chicken dinner and she began to fear the worst.
His passing horrified his devoted Twitter followers, many of whom hail from overseas, including the United States, Australia, and Denmark.
Haywood said, “The response has been great, but for every 100 people you get a response that says ‘you shouldn’t have let this out,’ but that’s how people behave on social media.”