Categories: animal abuse

Kitten with front legs cut off. PLEASE HELP find out what happened.

Syracuse, USA: The Syracuse Police Department found a kitten on July 25 in the 100 block off Schneider Street with no front legs and other wounds. Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has offered a reward of $1,000 for information.

Kitten with front legs amputated. Please help find out what happened

It is thought that the kitten was tortured and the legs amputated. Despite medical care the kitten did not survive.

Anyone with information can contact the police on (315) 442-5336 or email tkalil@syracusepolice.org.

Comment: I have been cautious in this article. It looks like an unfathomably cruel act on a vulnerable creature but we have to he cautious. Although anything other than an act of human cruelty seems unlikely, I am thinking of a possible coyote attack.

The bodies of cats attacked by coyotes can look as if a person dissected the cat as the cuts can be clean. And there were other wounds. To me (and I may be well off course here) it looks as if it is just about feasible that this cat was attacked by a coyote although very unlikely. There are two well known cases of serial cat killing and mutilation on both sides of the Atlantic which have been put down to coyotes (USA) and foxes (UK).

Why would a person’s act of cat cruelty take this form? It is bizarre in the extreme. I have read dozens of stories of cat cruelty and this does not fit in with those stories. Although I suppose there is no understanding the minds of psychopathic people if this is the deed of such a person.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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