Owner of pet victim of animal cruelty incidents says Red Deer is shaken

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At approximately 6:30 p.m. on August 9, RCMP were called to a residence in the Michener Hill neighborhood where an unknown person had seriously injured the pet owner’s two-year-old cat, Samson.

The pet’s owner says Samson was found dead by his neighbor.

“Sam was split with a knife, like disembowelled. And what’s really scary is that where they dropped the body, there was absolutely no blood anywhere. So they made it somewhere and then strategically placed it there for some reason,” they said.

During the investigation, the RCMP say they learned that two other cats in the neighborhood had been found beaten in the previous days.

RCMP confirm that one of the cats had to be euthanized due to its injuries, which Samson’s owner said was the neighbor’s cat, Beasley.

“I think what they did [the attacker] it’s that they thought he was dead and just threw him out. He [Beasley] had to come back and go home and he was limp on their deck. He [the neighbor] came home from work, picked him up, rushed him to the vet and the vet said he had gone too far and he already had maggots growing in his throat which were choking him, as well as ‘a broken jaw and a crumbled face,’ Samson’s owner said.

The pet owner said Samson is currently undergoing an autopsy with Alberta Animal Services to seek more information on who may have caused the harm.

They say the loss of their cat feels like the loss of a child and has had a negative impact on a once close-knit neighborhood.

“Usually it’s teenagers who do something like this but what’s terrifying, if you could profile it, that’s how the murderers start; that’s how serial killers start. We know this through history; it repeats itself,” they said.

“I pray to God that these people or people can be found so that they can get the help they need, because obviously they themselves are very traumatized when they have to do it in an outgoing way. Obviously there is so much fuss with them; they act.

Due to these troubling incidents, the Red Deer RCMP encourages pet owners to take extra steps to keep their pets safe.

If you believe you have information regarding this incident, please call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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