DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police are hoping a $5,000 reward will help them catch a cat killer. They’re looking into two recent cat mutilations.

The first incident happened on Cedar Springs near downtown, the more recent on Revere Place near Mockingbird Station.

“Someone actually cut the cat in half,” said Dallas Police Sergeant Warren Mitchell.

The most recent mutilation took place in late March when a resident on Revere Place was out of town.

A neighbor was taking care of the tabby and all seemed well. Suddenly, it was dead, the unfortunate cat found a block away by another Revere Place resident.

The animal was taken to a local vet who determined it was not another animal that killed the cat, but a human.

“I would like to say this was a one-time incident but unfortunately it’s been going on [for] some time,” Mitchell relayed, because as police were sorting out that crime, they discovered it led to another. “That same veterinarian has reported that a week prior to that another cat was brought to him and it suffered the same mutilation.”

In the second crime, no one claimed ownership of the cat.

Officer’s say they have little to go on and no suspect information. The SPCA is offering a $5,000 reward to help break the Revere Place case. Anyone with information about the crimes should contact the Dallas Police Department Central Divisions Investigators at (214) 670-5045.

“This is a horrific thing that’s happened…just a tragic situation,” said Maura Davies with the SPCA. “Crimes of this sort can escalate. There’s a proven link between animal cruelty and human violence.”

Police say cat mutilations occur all over the city and it will take citizens to break the cycle. “What’s really going to be critical,” says DPD Lt. Scott Walton, the acting director of Dallas Animal Services, “are the people that are out in the community who’s watching this or listening to this, who sees something that they know is not right and making sure they report it to the police department.”

Animal cruelty is considered a state jail felony. Punishment can range up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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