Police say a series of cat mutilations that frighten residents around Seattle are NOT the work of a sick person and are probably caused by a predator like a mountain lion
- The remains of at least five mutilated cats were found in the northern suburbs of Everett during the summer
- Residents in the city 30 minutes north of Seattle were alarmed when a vet claimed that one of the cat's limbs looked like it had been deliberately taken apart
- A detective was assigned to the case in search of a potential human predator that killed the cats and cut them into pieces
- However, a follow-up necropsy, as well as research, revealed that the cats were actually mutilated by an unknown animal
Police in Washington state say they believe a series of feline mutilations is the work of a predator, not a human cat killer.
Residents in the city of Everett were left bewildered in the summer after severed cats kept limbs on the street.
The first mutilated cat was discovered in North Everett on June 13, before the remains of at least four other cats were discovered in the area in the next two months.
Although the authorities initially believed that the cats were being killed by another animal, they were worried earlier this month when a veterinarian examined one of the cats and found that a limb was intentionally removed.
The shock finding prompted Everett Police to release a statement showing that they had a researcher hunting for a potential human predator.
Police in the state of Everett in Washington say they believe that a series of feline mutilations is the work of a predator, not a human cat killer
& # 39; When the initial findings suggested that limbs had been intentionally removed, the department appointed a detective to investigate the cases and follow the tips of the public & # 39; said the statement of August 9.
& # 39; Without much information to work from, we are looking for the public to help further our research. & # 39;
There were fears that a cat killer in the area could eventually move on to human goals, with many killers starting as animal abusers.
However, a secondary investigation earlier this week helped to relieve the fears of officers and residents.
An updated statement released on Friday revealed that cat mutilations were actually the work of an unknown animal.
The remains of a cat were found on this block of North Everett. The remains of another three cats were found only a few blocks away
& # 39; The case reviews and tips have not led the detective to believe that someone mutilated cats and a second necropsy was performed on another cat.
& # 39; The second results showed signs that a robbery attack caused death, with post-mortem clearance of the body. With the new information and discussion of previous cases, the department does not believe that a human being intentionally kills and maimed cats, & the statement said.
Everett Police advises cat owners to keep their cats indoors to protect them from cars, wildlife, diseases and harmful individuals.
The remains of at least five cats were found in North Everett in the summer, raising the alarm among pet owners
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