At least 9 dead cats found in Chester Co.

October 27, 2011 1:47:12 PM PDT
Animal owners in Chester County are being warned to keep their pets inside after a recent rash of cat killings.

The county's SPCA has discovered at least 9 dead kittens or cats in the past few weeks. In one instance, a hunting arrow was apparently used as the deadly weapon.

The first incident occurred in September with the previously reported mutilation of kittens left near a home in East Fallowfield Township.

On October 12th and 15th, two dead cats were found in East Pikeland Township. The cats belonged to Edward Van Dike's family. He said one appeared to be beaten while the other was possibly struck by an arrow.

"To go out of the way to do something like this hurts deeply," Van Dike said. "I can't stand to run over a squirrel."

Just this weekend a fatally wounded cat was found in North Coventry. An arrow was found nearby.

Cheryl Shaw of the SPCA said the arrow "appeared to have cat fur on it that matched the cat that was deceased."

Bonnie Reid had been trying to befriend the stray to get him to an adoption service. She is angry with the killer, saying adoption is a humane option.

"Shame on you for doing this. There are other ways," said Reid. "It is just brutal, cruel and not necessary."

Given the wide geographical range the SPCA doesn't believe the three incidents are directly linked.

They are asking for the public's help in all three cases.

"If anybody brags about being a cat killer, we want to hear about it," Shaw said.

If you have any information on who might be responsible, call the Chester County SPCA at 610-692-6113

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