Mutilated kittens found in Orange Park

Police investigate after neighbors find pieces of cats behind apartment building


ORANGE PARK, Fla. – The chopped up remains of several cats were discovered Saturday by residents in the Holly Cove Apartments in Orange Park, according to Clay County investigators.

Sharon Gearhart says she made the initial discovery behind her apartment in building seven.

"The limbs were just like, cut, and placed where they're suppose to be [in relation to the body]," Gearhart said.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office does believe the mutilations were done by people, and not animals. An investigator says the mutilations, "do not appear to be ritualistic."

Animal rescuer Teri Coburn says she's never seen anything like it.

"Never in my life of probably 30 years of doing rescue work. Never. And I'm 60 years old," Coburn said.

Coburn is a volunteer with First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Coburn and a resident at the apartment complex called police Saturday night after the mutilated remains of kittens were discovered near a wooded area.

People who live in the complex say stray cats are everywhere.

"[The complex] is full of them. It's a mess," Danielle Marshall said.

Sunday morning, a deputy went door-to-door questioning neighbors and looking for clues.

Investigators want anyone with information to call the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-284-7575.