Judds Hills, Bramshaw, England: Reverend David Bacon reported that a group of women arriving at the 12th century St. Peter's Church on Monday, December 12 made an "upsetting" discovery when they found a cat hanging from the flagpole.
Rev. Bacon told the Advertiser & Times, "There was also a dead fox left a few weeks ago, It was deliberately placed; I think it is unlikely that it died there [naturally] on the church doorstep."
He conceded that the area, New Forest, has had an association with witchcraft for hundreds of years and is difficult to determine who is responsible for the acts.
"It could be just random acts of nastiness. It's all pretty horrible for those who find the dead animals," he told the Mirror, adding that the acts seem "a bit more sinister."
"We have no idea what motivated this. Are they just angry at life in general, or against the church, or is it linked to witchcraft? I can't say."
"I can't see that it's anything against the church as a local thing," Rev. Bacon said, "as far as we know we don't have any enemies."
This is not the first time that this area, as well as this church, found itself dealing with animal deaths that could be linked to occult activity.
Beginning in November 2019, a sheep and two cows were killed in the area and the church was tagged with occult symbols and phallic imagery.
In January 2020, a total of four sheep deaths were investigated after they were found stabbed and spray painted with occult symbols. One of the bodies was found with an upside down cross made of hay next to it.
Rev. Bacon called the sheep killings "much more sophisticated" saying that the dead fox "felt a lot less organized." The dead cat, he said, left people "unsettled, because it's just so random, it's not part of a pattern." He expounded by saying, "there was no symbolism, no nothing, so this one is a mystery really."
The Hampshire Police confirmed to the Daily Echo that they had received a report concerning the dead animals and were conducting an investigation into the matter.