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Troy police discover a second tortured cat

Police are investigating the torture of a second cat in the city in the last few weeks and trying to
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Police are investigating the torture of a second cat in the city in the last few weeks and trying to determine if the two cases are connected.

Troy police received a call at 6 a.m. today from Watervliet police, who said they found a dead cat wrapped in a tarp on the Congress Street bridge.

“We looked at the cat and it looks like it was tortured and mutilated and there was a projectile through its skull that looks like it was done with a nail gun,” said Sgt. David Dean.

The cat, a black and white American short-haired, was about six months old, police said.

Another cat was found six weeks ago in a suitcase in the Hudson River. It had been tortured and there appeared to be some kind of rope marks on the cat’s body.

The investigation into that case continues.

“One was in the river, one was over the river and both appear to have been tortured and mutilated,” said Dean.

Police have commissioned a veterinarian to perform a necropsy of the cat found today to help determine if the cases might be connected.

In both cases, the cats were concealed — one in luggage and one in a tarp. “At first blush, there are things that attract our attention. We need the necropsy results to see if there is a pattern. We are open to the fact they may be related.”

Correlations have been found between people who abuse and torture animals and go on to commit violent crimes against people, said Dean.

The detective bureau is asking anyone with information to call 270-4426.

Police said people who want to donate any funds should not call police, but contact the local animal shelter.

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