Police: Reports of dead cats in Everett could be mutiliation

Five cases in north Everett have been reported since June. Often, only limbs were found.

EVERETT — Several dead cats and cat limbs have been found in north Everett in the past two months, and police are trying to figure out if a person mutilated the animals.

Since June, people have reported five possible cat mutilations to Everett Animal Services:

• June 13 in the 2200 block of Rockefeller Avenue.

• July 13 in the 3300 block of Rockefeller.

• July 15 in the 3300 block of Rockefeller.

• July 27 in the 2200 block of Rockefeller.

• Aug. 7 in the 3600 block of Federal Avenue.

Authorities initially suspected the deaths were caused by predatory animals.

Then, last week, a veterinarian examined the remains.

“Based on the veterinarian’s assessment, Everett Police considers these incidents to be feline mutilation,” police Capt. Jeraud Irving said in a statement. “Without much information to work from, we are looking for the public to help further our investigation.”

Everett Animal Services suggested keeping cats indoors and having them wear a current license tag or microchip.

There’s still a chance a wild animal, like an owl, could have caused the injuries, Deputy Chief John DeRousse said.

However, the number of harmed cats appears to be “odd,” DeRousse said.

“It’s just concerning to us,” he said, “and we want to get to the bottom of it as soon as we can.”

Tips can be directed to 425-257-8450.

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