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Cat death probe continues in Baltimore

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Baltimore’s animal control office continues to investigate the death of an outdoor cat whose body was found in the city’s Park Heights neighborhood in early July, a government spokesman said July 30.

A necropsy was conducted, and a preliminary report indicates the cause of death was “trauma,” said Michael Schwartzberg, a spokesman for the city health department, which includes animal control. He declined to elaborate on the necropsy findings, saying “the investigation is still open and no final determinations have been made.”

Some details of the case have been hard to pin down. Schwartzberg said that animal control recovered the deceased cat on July 6 near a dumpster in the 2500 block of Edgecombe Circle North, and that the cat was believed to be a part of a feral cat colony whose members had earlier been humanely trapped, sterilized, vaccinated and returned to their outdoor environment. But the Feline Rescue Association said the dead cat was friendly, not feral, and was picked up by animal control July 5, not July 6.

The Park Heights Animal Welfare Group wrote on Facebook that “volunteers found the bodies of two cats with smashed-in heads” and reported the matter to animal control but that “one body later went missing.” However, the Feline Rescue Association told that a total of "four bodies were found" at an apartment complex and that "only one was left when animal control came."

Cat advocates are offering a $1,000 reward, up from $500 originally, for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information about the dead cats is asked to contact 443-684-2134 or