TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – Police are investigating a rash of cat disappearances and murders, after as many as 25 cats have disappeared from the area over the past month.
In addition to the missing animals, five or six cats have also been found dead, with an as-yet unidentified powder found near the bodies.
Tybee Island Police Chief Robert Bryson told CBS Atlanta that the matter is presently under investigation, but that they are considering the disappearances and deaths to be related, and are taking it “very, very seriously.”
“In several different locations on Tybee (Island), people care for a large amount of cats,” he said, adding that they are feral cats who are fed, spayed or neutered, and tended to by area residents, as well as a local humane organization.
Explained Bryson, “These are community pets, not grandma’s house cat … and it appears someone may want to bring them harm, who doesn’t want them around.”
Bryson added that they have several suspects, and are pursuing all leads.
Calls made to the local animal welfare organization, the Milton Project of Savannah, were not immediately returned.