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The recent mutilation of two cats and the suspicious death of a third -- all in a South Lakeland, Fla., neighborhood -- are under investigation, according to the Lakeland Police Department.

The first cat was found torn in half in the owner’s front yard in early March, police said. The owner also reported that he is missing two other cats.

In another yard in late April, another owned cat was found cut in half with a knife or other sharp object.

Also in late April, in yet another yard, a large white cat of unknown ownership was found “on its side with a large hole,” police said. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Police said a reward totaling almost $6,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. Anyone with information about the cats is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

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