Suspect search in cat mutilations underway in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – The search is on tonight for the person who has been mutilating cats in one Tampa Bay area city.

Because it has happened more than once, police fear it could happen again.

“Sick, sick, very upsetting and I don’t get upset that easy, but that was upsetting,” said cat owner Richard Anderson.

Anderson is talking about how he felt when he discovered a part of his mutilated cat in his front yard.

“I walked through here and that is when it noticed the remains yesterday morning, said Anderson.

Anderson has marked the spot with cement blocks, an awful reminder about what happened in this St. Petersburg neighborhood.

Anderson added, “whoever did this should turn themselves into the police and get some head work done because it is not a normal thing to do something like that.”

And unfortunately it is not the first time in the past two weeks.

A portion of John Karrer’s cat was found in his St Pete neighbor’s yard.

Karrer said, “we are in a quiet little neighborhood this is not kind of thing you expect to have happen in a quiet little neighborhood.”

In this case, the other part of the cat turned up a couple of days later in his yard.

Karrer added, “somebody had to have scoped out the neighborhood to know to come back, grab the cat, kill and clinically dissect it and then come back again to drop off parts.”

Karrer just wants the person caught, before they strike again.

Karrer said, “it is so hard because I know I am supposed to be sad and torn up right now, but because of the way that this happened and the way it played out, I am dealing with anger more than anything else.”

Police are confident this is the work of someone and not a wild animal.

“It appears the cat was cut in half with a straight blade and so we don’t not believe that it was an animal that did it,” St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said.

St. Petersburg police are advising cat owners to keep an eye on their pets, bring them in at night, and if they see anything suspicious… they’re are urged to call police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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