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Lakeland woman says cats missing, found cut in half

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - Horrifying discoveries in a Lakeland community have neighbors scared and disgusted.

At least two pet cats have been found cut in half. Several others are missing. It’s happening along Newport Avenue.

“There was no hair, there was no blood, there were no guts,” Lea Ellen DeWitt said. “It was just the front half of the cat.”

Losing a beloved pet is heart-wrenching, but to discover it dead the way DeWitt’s husband did was terrifying.

“He found the front half of the cat, only the front half of the cat,” she said.

That was March 5 and they soon did the math and wondered if that was actually not the beginning.

“We had one that went missing before we found the body of this cat and we, didn't think much of it,” DeWitt said. “But then the sibling of that cat, she's just gone in seven days- no idea where she is,” she added.

With two pets missing, she wonders if they endured the death that has become a neighborhood mystery.

“We're all scared. We're all scared for our animals for our children, it could be an alligator even,” Melissa Troiano said.

That's because just down the street another neighbor told 8 On Your Side she found the same thing this week. It was their neighbor's pet cat cut in half, in a way they describe as not jagged but nearly straight down the middle.

“We wonder if it’s dogs or coyotes or bad people, we don't know,” DeWitt said.

Lakeland Police Department’s spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross said the department and animal control are meeting Friday morning to discuss how they will canvas the area, talk to neighbors and get to the bottom of a situation that is troubling those who live there.

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