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Reward offered in Lakeland cat mutilation case

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A 3rd mutilated cat was found in a Lakeland neighborhood. A 3rd mutilated cat was found in a Lakeland neighborhood.

An animal activist group in Maryland is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for mutilating and killing cats in Lakeland.

Alley Cat Allies of Bethesda, MD is offering a cash reward of $750.

“This is a shocking and disturbing case of animal cruelty, and whoever is responsible needs to be found,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.

Lakeland Police are investigating the mutilations of three cats.

The most recent discovery was Friday, when a groundskeeper discovered the remains of a cat in the front yard of a home at 2 Brook Lane. The cat had a large hole in its body.

On Thursday, police responded to a home on Newport Ave. The homeowner told police that on March 5, he discovered his cat mutilated in the front yard.

On April 23, a resident on Easton Drive found the remains of another car that had been mutilated.

“Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are hopeful that authorities will take this seriously, and we offer our full support throughout the investigation," said Robinson.

Alley Cat Allies pushes for the humane treatment of cats, including feral cats. Learn more about Alley Cat Allies:

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 or the Lakeland Police Department at (863) 834-6900.

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