EPD Says Cat Mutilations Likely Caused By Animal Predator, Not Human

August 23, 2019

Police Blotter

Further investigation has led EPD to say an animal is responsible.

Earlier this month we passed along an alert from Everett Police regarding the possibility of cat mutilations in north Everett. Today Police in Everett, Washington came out with additional information that leads them to believe that an animal, not a human is responsible. Here is their update.

After receiving complaints about a series of cat mutilations, Everett Police worked with Everett Animal Services (EAS) and consulted a veterinarian. When initial findings suggested limbs had been removed in an intentional manner, the department assigned a detective to examine the cases and follow-up on tips provided by the public. The case reviews and tips did not lead the detective to believe someone was mutilating cats and a second necropsy was performed on another cat. The second results showed signs that a predatory animal attack caused the death, with postmortem scavenging of the body. With the new information and review of prior cases, the department does not believe a human is intentionally killing and mutilating cats. There is no indication what type of animal attacked the cats.

EAS still recommends keeping cats indoors to protect them from cars, wildlife, disease, and harmful individuals. All pets should have identification such as a current license tag and/or registered microchip. For more information about lost/found animals in Everett and Snohomish County visit www.everettwa.gov/lostandfoundpets.



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