Owner of dismembered cat speaks out, Humane Society cites cases nationwide


POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING FOR THE PERSON WHO KILLED AND DISMEMBERED A CAT. IT HAPPENED LAST MONTH ON HEATHER-OAK AVENUE… JUST OFF OF WEST CONGRESS. THE HUMANE SOCIETY IS OFFERING A 5- HUNDRED DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION IN THIS CASE. AND AS DANNIELLE GARCIA REPORTS… THE CAT’S FAMILY SAY THEY HOPE NO ONE ELSE HAS TO LOSE THEIR PET THIS WAY. THIS STORY… NEW TONIGHT. “SHE WAS 9 YEARS OLD… SHE WAS FAMILY” ABOUT A MONTH AGO… JEFF DUCHARME’S CAT… “BELLA”… WAS FOUND DEAD. DUCHARME SAYS HE ONLY FOUND THE TOP HALF OF HER BODY. JEFF DUCHARME, CAT OWNER “IT WAS SHOCKING…LEAVING FOR WORK I SAW HER IN THE NEIGHBOR’S YARD.. SAW SOMETHING IN THE NEIGHBORS YARD. I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS. I GOT OUT TO SEE IT AND IT WAS HALF OF MY CAT.” “THERE WAS NO BLOOD– NO GUTS AND IT WAS JUST A CLEAN CUT LIKE SOMEONE HAD CUT HER WITH A MACHETE” LAFAYETTE ANIMAL CONTROL IS INVESTIGATING THE CASE. THEY SAY THEY’VE RULED OUT AN “ANIMAL ATTACK” AS THE CAUSE. ROBERT BENOIT, LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT “APPEARED TO BE CUT IN HALF BY A HUMAN OR I DONT KNOW IF IT WAS EATEN BY AN ANIMAL BUT THERE WAS NO BLOOD THERE SO WE THINK IT MUST HAVE BEEN SOME SORT OF HUMAN INTERACTION WITH SOMEBODY” THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME LAFAYETTE HAS SEEN A CASE LIKE THIS. TWO YEARS AGO… A CAT WAS FOUND DEAD IN A NEIGHBORHOOD OFF JOHNSTON STREET. THAT CAT ALSO HAD A PRECISE CUT… BUT HIS BOTTOM HALF WAS FOUND FIRST. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF LOUISIANA SAY AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE NATION ARE WORKING SIMILAR CASES. “AND I SAID WHY ME? WHY LAFAYETTE? WHY MY NEIGHBORHOOD? BUT ITS HERE TOO” NOW DUCHARME HOPES WHOEVER DID THIS WILL BE FOUND. “I JUST WANT THE WORD TO GET OUT AND JUST MAYBE IF ENOUGH PEOPLE FING THESE INCIDENCES AND REPORT THEM SOMEONE WILL GET CAUGHT AND THEY’LL SLIP ONE DAY” IN LAFAYETTE DGA KATC TV 3 ROB AD LIB FORECAST

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