Investigators are trying to determine who tortured and killed nine cats late last year in Lawrence, Mass.
The killings took place over a period of about a month and are believed to have been committed by the same person or people. The most recent victim was found on a sidewalk in early December and had sustained several broken and dislocated bones, including a fractured spine, skull and ribs, according to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Authorities believe the cat may have been swung by the tail into a hard surface, causing death by blunt force trauma.
The MSPCA said its Law Enforcement department is “working in lockstep with local police” to find the killer or killers. The MSPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an animal-cruelty conviction, and asks anyone with information about the case to call its toll-free, confidential enforcement hotline, 1-800-628-5808.
“Animal cruelty is a felony crime in Massachusetts and, should a suspect be convicted, he or she faces prison and steep fines,” the MSPCA said.
In the meantime, the MSPCA is urging residents of Lawrence and surrounding areas to keep their cats indoors at all times.