ABOVE: Police and the OSPCA are investigating after six severed cat heads were found in Stouffville. Lama Nicolas reports.
TORONTO – York Regional Police and the Ontario SPCA are warning cat owners to keep their felines indoors after six severed cat heads were found in Stouffville.
Police say the heads of dismembered cats were discovered in residential neighbourhoods near 10th Line and Main Street.
Authorities say the heads were recovered within a one kilometre area. In five of the six incidents, no other parts of the animals were found; leaving police to believe the dismemberment was deliberate.
“In each of the incidents it appears at this time that it was intentional dismemberment, and by that we mean that there was no blood at the incident, it was just the head itself,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.
Police say the incidents are not believed to be accidental or a result of a predatory animal.
“There was no blood near the incident, just the head,” Pattenden said. “It’s six similar incidents, that is a concern.”
The cat heads were found in the following areas:
1) August 12, 2013: Montreal Street and Stouffer Street (head found in an area of a daycare)
2) Sept. 5, 2013: Lori Avenue and Stouffer Street (near a curb of a residential area)
3) Sept. 8, 2013: Tenth Line and Hoover Park Drive (end of a roadway)
4) Sept. 9, 2013: Main Street and Stouffer Street (on a curb near Summitview Public School)
5) Sept: 11, 2013: Thicketwood Boulevard and Hoover Park Drive (next to curb on a roadway)
6) Sept: 13, 2013: Montreal Street and Stouffer Street (in front of a residential lawn)
Police say they don’t know who the animals belong to and they are not certain if they are domestic or feral cats.
Home owners are being asked to keep pets indoors for the time being.
“We’re also asking homeowners and owners of pets to keep your pets indoors while this investigation is ongoing,” Pattenden said.
Police are urging people whose pets had gone missing to call animal control.
ABOVE: York Regional Police update the investigation into severed feline heads found around Whitchurch-Stouffville
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