“The chest cavity that should contain the heart and lungs was empty
and the trachea was cut near the neck. The spinal cord appeared to be cut clean. The tissue did not appear to have been violently torn as it would have in the event of an animal attack. ...the trauma inflicted on the cat
was most likely done by a knife or sharp object.”
- Lakeland Police Dept. Incident Report of veterinarian analysis
by Robert Houghton, D.V.M. of mutilated half-cat found at 7:45 AM on
April 23, 2014, only 45 minutes after let out of house in Lakeland, Florida
UPDATE: Reprinted June 4, 2015 after series of half-cat mutilations in Naples, Florida, and other parts of the United States (orig. May 10, 2014 Lakeland, Florida) - Since the 1970s, there have been cycles of cat mutilations in the same geographic areas of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Florida has had many incidents of bloodless half-cats where a smooth, surgical cut was made through the entire cat's body near the front legs. Most often, the front half of the mutilated cats are found with no back half, but occasionally the back half is left and the front half is never found.
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