By Elisa Black-Taylor
There’s an animal serial killer in Texas. I saw a recent article concerning this a few days ago. I traced the killings back to October 2011 when Houston resident, Lucy Garcia lost a border collie to a gunshot and a rottweiler to poisoning. Her horse was also stabbed to death in it’s stall and blood smeared on the wall.
Although it may be a different person committing these murders, back in January 2012, in the Houston area, three pit bulls were fatally shot and four suffered blunt force trauma to the head. From what I’ve gathered, those four also died from their injuries.
In an article dated July 11, 2012, the Houston authorities warned residents (especially those living in the Lazybrook area) that the animal serial killer had begun murdering cats.
(I have mapped Lazybrook Drive and surrounding area – Michael, Admin)
Many of the cats were found mutilated or decapitated. They were placed where the owner would be sure to find the cat. The link to the original story can be found here. This case has gotten the attention of Crime Stoppers, who is now offering a reward of up to $5000 for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information should call the Houston Police Department Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS(8477).
These cases are very disturbing. I don’t report on individual abuse cases as much as I used to. Not only are these cases heartbreaking-they scare me. I’m afraid to allow my cats outside for many reasons. Among them are wild animals attacks, vehicle hit and runs and neighbors who target practice for deer hunting using neighborhood pets. I know I’ve made many of my readers paranoid about allowing their cats to wander free. Sometimes a cat has to live outside. I worry about those cats.
My number one fear for the outside cat isn’t animal serial killers. Being hit by a car or killed by a wild animal are chances we have to take with an outdoor cat and are much more likely to end a cat’s life than a killer. The problem is growing and the manner in which the cats and dogs are killed show a twisted mind. They think up new forms of torture and act on them. This is much more horrific than just shooting an animal. Animal serial killers are popping up all over the place.
Regardless of reason, police and behavioral experts are afraid these killers will soon move on from pets to people. I did several articles on this subject a few years ago. My most famous is at Kids Killing Cats. This article has references to how many serial killers began with animal torture. I believe the statistics show close to 100%.
I feel sure there are animal torturers and killers everywhere. I found one case in Ohio and another in Arizona while researching this story. There’s a chance they feed off of media attention or they may just enjoy these perverted acts. Some just kill in quantity while others only kill a few. Only when the killing reaches a certain number do these stories tend to make headlines. And of course, since injured cats may go off alone to die, there could be many more cases we never hear about. The Houston animal killer likes for people to find his kills. This person has serious problems and could start on people at any time.
Readers, keep an eye on your pets. Report anything suspicious. Don’t believe this can’t happen where you live. Forewarned is forearmed.