LACEY, Wash. -- (KCPQ) -- A 13th cat was found mutilated Thursday in Thurston County, police said. This one was found in the backyard of a home in a rural area on Steilacoom Road SE near Salmon Lane SE, east of Lacey.
A homeowner who found the cat told Q13 News Thursday night he noticed a "lump" on his lawn when he came out of the house Thursday morning. As he got closer, he saw that it was a cat with a flea collar on. As he got closer still, he noticed that "a lot of the insides was gone."
The way this cat was killed and mutilated does appear to be "the same MO as the other cases," said Thurston County Sheriff's Detective Ben Elkins, in which someone slices the cats open and removes their spine or other body parts.
Investigators believe the cases are connected because most of the cats' bodies have been left in public after the animals' spines have been removed or the animal has otherwise been mutilated.
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person mutilating cats in Thurston County was increased to $36,000.