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SPCA Investigates Decapitated Cat

A Putnam resident reported finding the head Monday morning. There was no blood or body at the scene, according to authorities.

Veterinarians believe the person responsible for decapitating the cat whose head was recently discovered in Putnam Lake used "an extremely sharp knife or edge instrument," offcials say.

Because of that conclusion, and veterinarian's discovery of reported blunt trauma to the tissue beneath the animal's scalp, authorities are treating the incident as a criminal case.

That's according to the , which first received word about the cat from a Putnam resident around 8:15 a.m. Monday. 

"The Putnam County SPCA responded to a complaint received from a Putnam resident who had observed a decapitated cat head in the road on Garfield Drive, near the intersection of Quogue Road in the Putnam Lake community of the Town of Patterson," officials said in a release. "Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers arrived at the location within minutes and observed the decapitated cat head, a brown mackerel tabby, on the street. No blood or body was found at or near the scene." 

Doctors at the in Southeast examined the head, which officers transported there.

"The veterinarian also estimated the cat was killed within three to five  hours of finding the head," the SPCA said in a statement.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact them via the animal cruelty hotline at 845-520-6915, or this website. They say all calls will be kept confidential. 

Liz August 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Something like this was happening here in CT recently. They would find the head in the middle of the road with the eyes looking at the cars coming towards it. Horrible!! I'm thinking that it's the same person.
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Hi Liz, Do you know where in Connecticut it occurred, or have a link to any relevant news stories?
Liz August 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Here's a link to the article in the New Haven Register. It was in Oxford and then in Fairfield. http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/07/18/news/valley/doc50074264b0021823179350.txt
Chris August 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I still wanna know who dumped the deceased animals on the roadway on the second find.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Hey Chris. Thanks for commenting. Is this (http://patch.com/A-tCwC) the story you're referencing?
Ashley Tarr (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I've deleted a comment because it violates Patch's Terms of Service. You can access them here: http://southeast.patch.com/terms.
Robert M Lisanti August 22, 2012 at 05:51 PM
That's how "Serial" Killers start
Claire August 24, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Yes, and it's also how violent people might terrorize their exes or perceived enemies.

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