EVERETT — Detectives now believe an animal, not a human, killed five cats in North Everett between June and early August.
Everett police initially suspected a person may have behind the killings. A veterinarian had inspected the remains of one cat, whose limbs appeared intentionally severed.
A detective investigated the case further, and had a second necropsy performed. With signs of scavenging, the results suggested a predatory animal was behind that cat’s death.
“Our detective reviewed the other cases (and they) appeared to be more consistent with the results of the second necropsy,” officer Aaron Snell said.
Police don’t know what kind of animal attacked the cats.
As for the cat that appeared to be mutilated, Snell said police couldn’t be sure if its death was the result of a human or animal.
The Everett Animal Shelter still recommends keeping cats indoors to protect them from other dangers. All pets should have identification, such as a current license tag or a registered microchip.
For more information about lost and found animals in Everett and Snohomish County, visit www.everettwa.gov/lostandfoundpets.