EVERETT, Wash. (KCPQ/CNN) – Police in one Washington city want to know who’s been killing and mutilating cats.
Five dead mutilated cats have been reported since mid-June within 15 to 20 blocks of each other in Everett.
At first, authorities thought other animals caused the deaths.
Then a veterinarian examined the bodies and said it looked like the cats’ limbs were removed with some sort of instrument.
That led police to focus on looking for a human suspect in the case, while nervous pet owners in the city try to protect their animals.
The cases are similar to more than a dozen cat deaths that happened last year in nearby Thurston County.
Authorities there put together a special task force of six detectives to find a serial cat killer, but they never solved the case.
Officials said all cats should be kept indoors to keep them away from a variety of threats, including wildlife, cars and disease.