Seven cats have been found killed and mutilated in Washington in recent months, and brutally. A local TV station says Animal Services Officer Erika Johnson is describing it as "extremely horrific" methodology: The animals were sliced from their stern to their genitals, and their spines had been taken from them. Johnson tells another tv station the cats had been strangled and surgically cut with a knife, but not in a professional manner. One cat was reportedly cut in half, per a local paper. The seventh death occurred early Sunday morning; in an interview with Q13 TV, Kathy Harrigan described feeding the elderly feral cat she had tended to for the past two years around midnight. When she awoke, he wasn't at her door per usual. But later, someone else was: the police. Harley's mutilated body had been found in her neighbor's yard. Harley's was the sixth known death this year, with a seventh from October believed to also be connected. But it's the second in just a 48-hour period. Olly was found Friday morning, and Johnson says it's believed that cat may have fought its attacker; samples from her claws are being submitted for DNA analysis.
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