The latest mutilated cat was found on Sunday, bringing the total number of dismembered cats to seven in the past two weeks and 22 since June 2011.
Buttercup went missing during the middle of last week in Maple Ridge. The cat's owners posted his picture on Craigslist in the hopes of having their beloved pet returned to the family.
On Saturday, Eric Wernicke was contacted by a woman who lives a few blocks away. She told him she had found Buttercup's head on her front lawn.
The following day, Wernicke was biking with his kids when he came across his cat's tail at a street corner. It was close to a poster of another missing cat.
Wernicke's wife, Kim, was quoted in The Province as saying, It's really scary. That person was in my backyard. I have two small kids and they play in that yard. I'm thinking we have someone that's pretty messed up.
Lorie Chortyk, of the B.C. SPCA, agrees with Kim's assessment of the serial cat killer. Chortyk said, We can't fathom what would lead someone to do this. Obviously we're dealing with an extremely disturbed individual.
None of the bodies were hidden; they were left out in the open where they could be easily discovered, usually by the owners of the pets.
In March, after 15 mutilated cats were found, the B.C. SPCA appealed for the public's help. Marcie Moriarty, the general manager of cruelty investigations, was quoted by CBC as saying, In many of these incidents the cats have been severed almost perfectly in half with a sharp object. It appears to be a very deliberate action and we can only imagine the unspeakable pain these poor animals must have suffered. We really want to find whoever is responsible as quickly as possible before any other innocent animals are killed.
Despite appealing to the public for information over two months ago, the B.C. SPCA and the Ridge Meadows RCMP who are leading the investigation, have no leads and no suspects. The killings appear to come in waves and seven more pets have died since the March announcement.
The SPCA is warning people living in the area where the killings are taking place to keep their cats inside until the person responsible is caught.