Friday, May 29, 2009

Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay facing cat serial killings

Three more mutilated cats were discovered this week in Southwest Miami-Dade, after dozens more were killed earlier this month. Residents are being urged to keep their cats indoors until the killer is caught. From the Miami Herald article:

According to residents, the cats' butchered bodies have been left like mangled trophies on their owners' yards since early May. Research in psychology and criminology has shown that individuals who commit such acts of cruelty to animals often graduate to harming humans.

''Doing this to an animal is as serious as doing it to a person. Everyone is at risk -- animals and their families alike,'' said Cindy Hewitt, former executive director of Cat Network and current free-roaming cat coordinator with the Humane Society.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of $3,500 via Crime Stoppers, and donations are being accepted to boost the reward amount. Donation checks should be made out to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers and Donation-Cats should be printed in the subject line. Mail checks to 1030 NW 111 Ave., Miami, Fl., 33172.

Anyone with information about the crimes should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Those with information can also contact Miami-Dade Detective Dominick Columbro at 305-234-4237 or Miami-Dade Animal Services Investigator Fernando J. Casadevall Jr. at 305-884-1102, ext. 240.

Here's hoping that they catch the person or people that are doing this soon.

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