Is Someone Cutting Cats in Half With a Knife in Palm Beach County?
A Palm Beach County family says it found its pet cat cut in half by someone using a knife. The family, who lives in Jupiter Estates, posted on Facebook last week that its cat Rocky was murdered and that another cat was also found in the area killed in the same way.
According to a report by Jupiter Police Department, authorities received a call from Heather Martin on Saturday, August 22, to report that her brother's cat was found cut in half.
Martin told police that a neighbor called around 10:30 that morning after the neighbor found Rocky, dead, in their backyard of the 1100 block of Sioux St. in Jupiter. Martin also told police that the last time the family had seen Rocky was the previous evening. Martin called animal control, who told her they would send an officer to investigate, according to the report.
Days following the cat's death, Martin took to Facebook to say that a second cat, killed in the same way, had been found about a mile and a half from where Rocky's body had been discovered. Martin went on to say that there had been coyote sightings in the area of late, but there have not been any reports on coyotes killing any pets of late. The last reported coyote attack was back in June in Boca Raton.
Meanwhile, Martin's brother Daniel, shared on his own Facebook that an autopsy report on Rocky determined that the cat had been sliced with a knife, and he warned other Jupiter Estate residents to keep an eye on their pets. New Times attempted to contact Daniel, who referred all questions to police and Palm Beach County Animal Control.
Jupiter Police say the investigating officers tried calling the neighbor who found the cat to interview her for their report but were unsuccessful in reaching her. The police report says there is no further information on the case at the moment.
Anyone with information can contact the Jupiter Police Department at 561-746-6201 or animal control at 561-233-1200.
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