Donna Gleason said Tommy appeared on the family doorstep a year and a half ago, shortly after the Gleasons decided to get a cat for their young daughter.
Tommy was just what they were looking for -- good with both kids and dogs. Tommy would sleep in and around the house during the day, Gleason said, and roam the neighborhood at night, always making it back in time for breakfast and to play with her daughter, now 6 years old.
That Monday morning, as her husband Ron Gleason worked in the garage, a neighbor came over to tell him that Tommy was dead in the Gleason's front yard.
"His stomach was ripped open," his intestines were on the lawn and he had been partially skinned, Donna Gleason said. "I didn't see it. I didn't want to see it."
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 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."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.