Alley Cat Allies is offering a cash reward of $750 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the confirmed killed of two cats, and a third whose death looks suspicious in Lakeland, FL. Two additional cats are reported missing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 or the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.

The first cat was discovered on March 5, 2014 and the most recent victim was found on April 23, 2014. A veterinarian has confirmed that the injuries of the first cat were consistent with a knife.

These gruesome killings are cause for alarm for the community’s safety. Psychiatric and criminological research has established a relationship between cruelty to animals and a host of other violent behaviors towards people—animal cruelty must be taken seriously.

Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are hopeful that authorities will take this seriously, and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.

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