Today, August 16, 2005, about 4:00 PM, I was walking in a residential neighborhood in south San Jose, California, when I noticed the remains of an orange cat, in two pieces, on the front lawn of a home.
I was on my way to a business meeting, but stopped long enough to snap some pictures. Attached are digital photos of the scene.
On my way to the meeting, I stopped at an animal clinic and reported the incident to the staff, and they indicated that they would call animal control. Ten minutes later, I phoned the clinic and suggested that they might call the police and have the police secure the area. The clinic reported that they had called animal control, and that animal control was on their way to the site.
In my quick observation of the carcass, I did not observe any blood, which suggested that the carcass may have been dropped there after the cat had been killed. Also, the fur of the cat seems to have been rather mussed up and "ungroomed".
This incident is particularly significant since San Jose had been the location of cat mutilations several years back. [ See 100399 Earthfiles. ]
As a probably unrelated, but possibly bizarre sidelight to this incident, the house on whose front yard the cat carcass was found was the site of a suicide several years ago. One might speculate that cultists of some sort were somehow linking the cat death to a known "death house." But this may be giving cultists to much credit for record keeping and planning.
Tom Holford San Jose, CA
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