But the death or disappearance of 20 cats in the last month has changed the tranquil nature of Low Westwood, County Durham.
Now residents fear that a sinister cat killer is stalking their streets, using anti-freeze to poison their pets.
Jo Cody, 22, lost her six- month-old kitten Eliza and replacement tabby cat Bella in quick succession.
She said: ‘So many cats have gone missing or died. Everyone feels that this is being done deliberately.
Source: Daily Mail