LAKELAND, Florida (WFLA) – Lakeland Police are asking the public for help solving a disturbing string of cat mutilations.
Police have received three reports about mutilated cats in the last few days.
Friday morning, a groundskeeper found a large white cat in the front yard of a home at 2 Brook Lane. The cat had a large hole that appeared to be a recent injury.
Police say it is not known what caused the injury. They also do not know who owns the cat.
A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of the cat’s death. Polk County Animal Control is also investigating.
On Thursday, Lakeland Police responded to a home at 1421 Newport Ave. The resident told police that at 11 p.m. on March 5, he found his cat mutilated in the front yard.
The cat had been torn in half behind its front legs and the lower half of the cat’s body was missing. The man also said that he had two other cats that were missing and had last seen them at 7 a.m. on March 5.
The next day, the man said he went for a walk and found the lower half of his cat’s body on Crystal Lake Drive.
Police investigated and found that a neighbor had found the upper half of a cat in a yard at 1408 Easton Drive. She told the owner of the cat, who said he last saw the cat at 7 a.m. on April 23.
The cat’s remains were taken to the Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital and held for the police. Doctor Houghton said that the trauma appeared to have been done with a knife or sharp object.
Police have increased patrols in the area and detectives are following up on the incidents.
No suspects have been identified.