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Reward offered in mutilated kittens case

First Coast Crime Stoppers offers $750 reward

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – After mutilated kittens were found in Orange Park last month, the Clay County Humane Society and First Coast Crime Stoppers are offering a $750 reward for information in the case.

The mutilated cats were found by a resident behind the Holly Cove Apartments last month and investigators still have not found who's responsible.

Linda Welzant, the Executive Director at Clay County Humane Society, said while working with the humane society, she's seen cases like this to often.

"We see mutilation is horrible. Sometimes you see animals that are set on fire, starvation," said Welzant. "Sometimes neglect. They don't know any better, that's no excuse. Sometimes it's just outright hatefulness or children that might think it's fun to do when it is a horrible thing, a horrible act."

Welzant said it's important the public find the cat killers and to ensure future crimes like this don't happen.

"It's happening in our own back yard. Orange Park. Animal cruelty is heinous already, but to have a crime so violent, you worry it will move to violence against humans. The next victim could be a human," said Welzant.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.