Lawrence police are looking for those responsible for killing eight cats over the past two weeks, possibly by fracturing their skulls.
All of the dead cats were found in the northern part of Lawrence, near Greenwood and Lowell streets, said Police Chief John J. Romero. There were no visible marks, mutilation, or blood on any of them.
Police got a call Wednesday about the eighth dead cat and ordered a necropsy of the animal to determine the cause of death, Romero said.
“We just got the results back that the animal had a fractured skull,” Romero said. “Eight cats would not have been hit by cars in two weeks in the same neighborhood.”
Had the cat been hit by a car, it would have had trauma to the side of its head, but the necropsy revealed injuries to the top of the animal’s head, indicating that it had been hit with an object forcefully, Romero said.
“Knowing that, we assume the other seven met the same fate,” he said. “Perhaps we have somebody going around there killing these animals.”
Before the necropsy, police initially thought the cats were being poisoned. Romero said the cats are most likely strays, which means the person responsible is likely trapping the cats before killing them.
“These are not pets,” he said. “Cats are not easy to corner. Somebody is out there looking for them . . . ’’
Police urge anyone with information to call the Lawrence Police Department.
“Cruelty to animals can escalate,” Romero said. “We haven’t seen anything of this scale. The concern is the level of aggression. Now we’re thinking someone’s actually killing these animals and not with poison.”
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