Cats found dead, mutilated in Phoenix neighborhood

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Cats being found dead and mutilated in a Phoenix neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Cats being found dead and mutilated in a Phoenix neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
While the number of cats is considered a problem by some, neighbors say the mutilations are troubling. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) While the number of cats is considered a problem by some, neighbors say the mutilations are troubling. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
At least one family installed surveillance cameras, fixed on the spot where two cats were found killed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) At least one family installed surveillance cameras, fixed on the spot where two cats were found killed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Someone is mutilating and killing cats in Phoenix, according to people who live in a neighborhood near 27th and Northern avenues.

At least five have been found dead, are dying or severely wounded in the last few weeks.

"One was de-gutted in the driveway. The guts were wrapped around its neck," Theresa Parson said.

"Two of them had tails taken off by wire," she added.

"We also found two with strings around their neck," said Sheila Young.

Young says she's spent hundreds of dollars out of her own pocket to spay or neuter feral cats in the neighborhood to cut down on the population.

While the number of cats is considered a problem by some, neighbors say the mutilations are troubling.

"I'm afraid it's going to escalate and go beyond cats," Parson said.

"These people need mental help," Young said.

Flyers have been hung in the neighborhood, offering reward money.

At least one family installed surveillance cameras, fixed on the spot where two cats were found killed.

The incidents have been reported to the Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Humane Society.

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