An East Meath village is fast turning into a Bermuda triangle for cats!

Up to twenty missing moggies have been reported from homes in Duleek over the weeks since Christmas, and while some have returned home badly injured most have disappeared without trace.

And now a local animal rescue group has contacted the Gardai amidst fears the cats are being used as live bait in organised dog fights

Mollies Animal Rescue posted on Facebook, ‘Folks we are extremely worried about a situation which has been unfolding in our village of Duleek.

‘If anyone in the Bathe Abbey or Balsaran area of Duleek is missing their cat or theirs has returned home sick or injured in recent weeks/months please make contact with us here through’

A spokesperson for the centre told Meath Live, ‘At this stage we are still trying to establish how many cats have gone missing and how many have never returned.

‘We are aware of twenty cases but are fairly certain that is just the tip of the iceberg, now that we have mentioned it on social media we expect to hear about a lot more.

‘The worrying thing is none of the cats we know about had any reason to go missing they were all well cared for and came from loving homes,

‘That gives rise to the suspicion, and that is all it is at the moment, that they are being stolen for a sinister purpose, it is possible they are being used as live baits in organised dog fighting.’

A source told Meath Live, ‘It is very possible that cats are being used to ‘blood’ fighting dogs,, in the same way hares can be, the people involved in dog fighting are extremely ruthless, put it this way they are not animal lovers,’