Animal mutilations in Kitchener 'very alarming,' say police

Waterloo Regional Police are asking people to keep an eye out for anything suspicious or unusual after seven cases of animal dismemberment in a Kitchener neighbourhood.

Call investigators if you spot animal parts in your neighbourhood, police ask

Police are investigating seven separate cases of animal dismemberments in a northwest Kitchener neighbourhood this summer. (Gary Graves/CBC)

Don't leave your pets outside overnight and keep an eye out for anything suspicious — including animal body parts.

That's what police are telling residents of a northwest Kitchener neighbourhood where there have been seven cases of dismembered animals, at least four of which were cats.

"We're considering it very alarming, very concerning to us and to the community as well," Waterloo Regional Police spokesperson Cherri Greeno told CBC News.

There were two cats discovered in the Lancaster Street area in June. On July 11, a dismembered cat was found in the area of Wolfes Court and Carson Drive. Another one was found near Champlain Drive and Carson Drive on Aug. 8.

Other remains have also been found in the area of Carson Drive and investigators are trying to confirm the type of animal.

Report animal body parts

The officers are also working with the humane society to determine cause of death "if possible."

She said people shouldn't be concerned about walking their pets or letting them into the backyard for a minute in the evening.

"There's nothing to indicate at this point that anybody's going into somebody's backyard or somebody's home and taking animals," she said, but they should keep their eyes out for anything that seems out of place.

"Some people may just think the animal died or they may not think anything suspicious occurred, but if they are seeing part of an animal, we are asking them to call us."

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