Miami Area Residents Fearful After More Than Two Dozen Cats Found Mutilated

The Gleasons, having heard about the rash of cat killings, called the police who sent three detectives out to take photographs and collect Tommy's body. They've told their daughter that Tommy was killed by another animal.

"She doesn't need to know there are evil people like that in the world," Donna Gleason said. "It's hard enough for me to deal with."

Keeping Cats Safe

The killings are so shocking, Gleason said, not only for their brutal nature, but because the two towns don't see a lot of crime.

"You don't know what someone like that is going to do," she said, adding that her husband has taken it upon himself to patrol the neighborhood when he leaves for work early each morning.

"Studies have shown that there is a connection between animal cruelty and then human violence," said Laurie Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-a-Pet. "It's a scary situation."

Hoffman said they've been working with the county to distribute information on keeping cats safe since they have a clinic located in Cutler Bay.

The best thing cat owners can do is keep them indoors, Hoffman said. She also recommended keeping outdoor lights on at night and reporting even the slightest suspicion to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 1-305-471-TIPS.

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