Lakeland Police and Animal Control on the scene where mutilated cats have been discovered in two neighborhoods. Investigators do not believe animals were responsible.

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Lakeland, Florida -- After tree cats were found cut in half in Polk County, PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these crimes.

Investigators do not think an animal such as a coyote caused the injuries, because the cut incisions appear deliberate and precise. They are going door-to-door questioning neighbors, but so far no one has been arrested.

"As Lakeland police have noted, people who torture and kill animals often go on to torture and kill humans—so PETA urges anyone with any information to come forward now, before anyone else gets hurt," says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. "Families must also take care to keep their cats indoors—and if you see a cat roaming freely, do everything you can to get him or her to safety. You may be saving a life."

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477.

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