CLIMAX, Mich. (AP) – At least five cats have been beaten, tortured or killed since March in a small, West Michigan village.
Residents of Climax told Kalamazoo County sheriff’s officials that the incidents appear to have started in March and continued into September, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported Wednesday.
A squirrel also was found with duct tape wrapped around its face, Undersheriff Pali Matyas told the newspaper.
Climax is about 50 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.
“We have mostly cats who have been tortured and abused,” said Matyas. “Some have been killed. Some have been beaten quite badly.”
Cat owners who took their pet to a veterinarian were told the animal suffered a blunt-force type of beating.
The dead or injured cats have been found in a front yard, in the village cemetery and other locations, he added.
A group of juveniles has been identified as persons of interest in the beatings…
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