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Community Pulse - July 4, 2008

Headless cat found in Danville yard

A Danville woman discovered something very unpleasant in her back yard last week - a decapitated cat.

She called the police, who came and took a look, just before 8 a.m. June 24.

"The head appeared to be torn from the body, and the neck was missing," said Sgt. Kevin Daley.

From the fur, which was disheveled and moist from saliva, police guessed the cat was killed by an animal, rather than any act of human cruelty.

"It wasn't severed or anything like that," said the sergeant, reading the police report. "I guess it was chewed up, so it looked like it was attacked by another animal."

The woman who discovered the cat said it didn't look familiar to the neighborhood, which is Vernona Avenue off Love Lane. It could have been feral, said Daley.

As for the cat's attacker, "my best estimate would be a coyote," he said, citing other possibilities such as a bobcat, mountain lion or even a loose rottweiler.

It's not unusual for animals to attack other animals, he said, but noted this is the first time he's seen an incident like this in more than six years of working in Danville.

--Meghan Neal


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Posted by A Danville Women
a resident of Danville
on Jul 5, 2008 at 5:28 pm

As a Rottweiler owner of 14 years. I think this article is ridiculous. A dog/animal is only as bad as the owners. My daughter was attacked by a Chihuahua when she was two. Yes, this poor cat was probably eaten by another animal but to assume it was a loose rottweiler is biased. Funny, when my friends very dear loving pit bull was killed in Danville last year by a raccoon it never made the newspaper. Maybe it was a loose Chihuahua that killed this poor cat!