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article imageNine cats mutilated in Sacramento neighborhood

By Kim I. Hartman     Jul 10, 2010 in World
Sacramento - The Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills has offered a $3,000 reward for the arrest of the person responsible for the the killing of at least nine cats in Sacramento's Rosemont neighborhood.
The Northern California animal welfare group offered the reward following the horrible mutilations of nine cats in nine days. Residents are on edge and are concerned that a sick individual could be randomly killing animals, in this case they're peoples pets and companions.
Sacramento's News10 first reported on this story and talked with numerous local residents and pet owners who had much to say about their fears following the reports of so many cats killed in such a short time.
They want to know how sick someone could be to cruelly kill and mutilate and remove body parts from any creature purely for their deranged pleasure. Most are worried about the safety of their own pets and will not allow their pets out of their sight until the person responsible is found and prosecuted.
The residents who spoke on camera said this is definitely the work of a person not a wild animal. There was no blood left behind and the animals were gutted without leaving other marks, rips or tears inside the abdomens. This is not consistent with an animal killing another said one local resident who thinks sharpened knives not claws were used to kill and mutilate these felines.
"I have two cats and I'm very worried about it," said Carolyn Minsch. Minsch lives on Cecile Way, two doors from where a male Persian cat was found mutilated on a front lawn three weeks ago.
"It was the saddest thing I had ever seen," said Dorothy Manos, who discovered the dead Persian. "No blood. The cat was literally cut in half," she said.
One block over on Dupont Way, Jon McDonald discovered another dead cat on a neighbor's lawn. "It was golden white, fairly long-haired. It had been split down the middle and completely cleaned. There wasn't anything left," he said.
While the debate continues on what or who is killing these cats, the Sacramento Animal Control Officers aren't sure if the deaths were caused by humans or other animals. Raccoons have been suggested as a possibility.
Residents who spoke to News10 say there is no doubt that it was mutilations by a skilled or human hand not by the paws and teeth of other animals.
"There was no fur on the ground. There was no blood on the ground. It looked like it had been dropped off. It just makes me angry and frightened for my own animals and other people's pets. It's just sickening," McDonald said.
The Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills will be passing out flyer's in an effort to find the person(s) responsible before anymore cats or dogs are killed.
Anyone with information about the mutilations are urged to call the Humane Society's tip line at 916-765-2938. The Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills needs your help in protecting animals and can also be contacted through their web site.
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