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Case ID: 19759
Classification: Mutilation/Torture
Animal: cat
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Friday, Jul 27, 2012

Disposition: Open
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

In the shadow of a blazing sun setting across the Las Vegas Valley, lies a dead cat, cut in half, mouth still open as if letting out a last cry. The orange and white cat was then placed in someone's yard. It's a distorted picture of an otherwise quiet community nestled in the mountains of Southern Highlands. The homeowner who found the mutilated cat dumped on her front lawn notified authorities, but wished to remain anonymous - she's not sure what the motive is behind this vicious attack.

Stacia Newman, President of Nevada Political Action for Animals, said this incident points to a serial cat killer, not a coyote or other wild animal, which in fact would make it obvious it was preyed upon, and devoured. She said similar mutilations happened over a year ago in the Mountain Edge Community, not too far from where this recent killing occurred.

"The circumstances are very similar, the mutilation - a clean cut, no blood, positioning of the animal, and only half of the body is found. Just as there are human serial killers, there are animal serial killers as well," says Newman.

There are no leads as of yet, but Stacia is determined to get answers. She is going door to door in the Southern Highland area asking questions and urging residents to keep their pets indoors. Stacia has been a vital part of Las Vegas for years, lobbying legislation to get bills and/or ordinances passed on behalf of animals. She was the key player in "Cooney's Law," a bill passed last year making animal abuse a felony in Nevada.

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