BCSO Continues Its Investigation Into Mutilated Cats

Bay County Sheriff's Officials say they've received the results of an expert, who examined the remains of one of the mutilated cats from Bay Point.

Bay Point security found the remains of the first cat in late August lying in the middle of Wahoo Road.

They took pictures of it, then dispose of it, which hindered the investigation.

They found the second cat September 9th, lying in the middle of Pompano Road.

In both cases the front half of the cat was missing.

Authorities sent the second carcass to Dr. Rhonda Windham of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Examination.

Dr. Windham says her preliminary results are consistent with an attack by a predator but she does not have DNA tests yet to confirm which predatory species.

Until they positively know what killed the cats, sheriff's officials say they'll continue to investigate.

Residents say there are more than 2-cats missing.

On September 10th, sheriff's office dive team members searched a golf course water hazard last month, after receiving a tip 2 men threw a plastic bag into it, but they didn’t find anything.

They also arrested 55-year old Brian Rutherford on animal abuse charges involving an incident with a cat in March.

Rutherford lives on Wahoo Drive where security found the first dead cat but they stressed his arrest was not related to the recent cat deaths.

If you know have any information about this case, please call the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700.

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