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Praise for cat task force

<p>A pet owner who had her cat tortured and sliced in half is praising a new investigative task force for finally taking her concerns seriously over a suspected city cat killer.</p>

Hope that info sharing will bring out true numbers


A pet owner who had her cat tortured and sliced in half is praising a new investigative task force for finally taking her concerns seriously over a suspected city cat killer.





“I’m glad to see that the authorities are now taking it seriously,” said Gwen Madsen, who had her 11-year-old cat killed in a neighbour’s yard. “I’m really glad that everyone is now sharing information and listening to each other. Maybe now the true numbers will come out and all of the cases will be reported.”





The Edmonton Humane Society has announced that a criminal task force is investigating a string of cat mutilations and murders occurring in the Edmonton area over the past two years.





The group incorporates city police, RCMP, bylaw officers and the humane society in an effort to find similarities between known cases of cat killings in a search for possible suspects.





Last summer, the death of Madsen’s cat Dusty devastated her family, she said, especially when animal control officers told her that the animal had been tortured and mutilated.





In one of the more gruesome cases, two local school children let their cat outside over lunch only to discover its severed head in a playground a few hours later, Madsen said.





Police currently have no suspects in the animal killings, but the task force will allow investigators to compare information on existing cases.


 
 
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