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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 4 years ago

Cat killed after being cut in half by machete

After being missing for hours, a man found half of his cat in his neighbor's yard.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

An Ormond Beach man found half of his missing cat's remains in his neighbor's yard, appearing to have been sliced by a machete.

The 52-year-old man told police he had let his cat out around 2 a.m. in the 400 block of Magnolia Street before going to work on July 25. His neighbor remembered seeing the cat around 5 a.m. After that, the cat was not seen again. 

When the man got home and noticed his cat had been gone for a while, he went looking for it and found the rear half of his pet in his neighbor's yard. He told police the lawn at his neighbor's had been cut that day, but while the cat's remains had some grass clippings, police noted it appeared the cat had been sliced by a machete-like instrument.

The man said he had seen the lawn care workers laughing earlier that day as they were leaving. He told police the usual lawn care worker was unable to cut the grass that day and hired the job to other people. 

The man believes his cat was killed intentionally and wants to pursue charges if a suspect is identified. As of now, only the rear half of his pet has been found. 

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