Tampa Police Officers Asking for Public's Help in Cat Mutilation Case

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More of the Cat's Body Parts Found Today

DATE/TIME: 5/27/2013 at 7:29 a.m.

LOCATION: Plymouth Park, 3100 North Oakdale Avenue

VICTIM: "Lion" Gray Tabby short haired domestic, approximately 5 years old

A citizen was walking his dog Monday morning when he discovered the partial remains of a mutilated cat inside the Plymouth Park. He realized the body belonged to his neighbor's cat named "Lion" and immediately notified police. The partial remains consisted of only the front half of the cat, which showed no signs of decomposition. Tampa Police officers arrived on scene and determined Lion was killed at another location and recently dumped in the park. They conducted a neighborhood survey and combed the park, however they were unable to generate leads that would identify Lion's attacker(s). Hillsborough County Animal Services collected the remains and conducted a preliminary veterinary examination. The exam results suggests that the cat was either stabbed or shot prior to being cut in half with a very sharp object.

This morning, May 28, 2013, one of the Park and Recreations employees who assisted officers the day before discovered Lion's hind legs near the park's basketball court. The two legs showed no signs of decomposition. It is believed that the legs were placed in the park before 9:20 a.m. today.

Tampa Police officers are asking for the public's help in tracking down Lion's attacker(s).
Anonymous tips may be eligible for a reward through Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. 1-800-873-8477 (TIPS).