Cats Mutilated in Jonesboro Neighborhood

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Police in Jonesboro are investigating the mutilation of neighborhood cats in the Griffin Park subdivision in South Jonesboro.  Two cats were found dead on Wednesday in an open field right next to a neighborhood filled with homes.

Chris Jarchow told Region 8 News that their two family cats had been let out of the house Sunday night.  When only one of the cats came back on Monday morning, the family started to worry. 

"One of the young kids in the neighborhood got my wife and asked her to go and take a look at something and about 15 minutes later she came back crying.  Unfortunately they had found a cat that had been cut in half," said Jarchow.

The first cat discovered in the field was not his and belonged to another neighborhood family, but some searching in the field turned up the remains of Bella.

"One, to have to see a cat that's been cut in half and two, we only found the head of my cat," said Jarchow.

The Jonesboro Police Department Animal Control Division is investigating this crime.  Assistant Supervisor James Palmer said they don't have a solid suspect at this point, but are trying to find out who would do this.

"It's disturbing to know that there's someone preying on their animals and doing something like this," said James Palmer.

"I didn't even want to tell my kids this.  It will haunt them for a while.  I had to explain to my five-year-old why somebody would do this to our cat.  I don't know.  I can't answer that for you," said Jarchow.

The Jarchow family has another cat that they aren't letting out of their sight.  The other family whose cat was killed tell Region 8 News they are afraid to let their kids go outside and play because of what has happened.

But regardless, they want the person found who is killing cats in their neighborhood.

"I've been around animals and have lost animals.  I understand it.  It's a part of life if they die, but if you shorten their life because, 'Hey, I'm just doing it for kicks and grins,' nah.  You need to pay the consequences," said Jarchow.

Palmer said it's not a huge step for those who will brutally kill animals to move on to hurt people later in life.
There are other missing cats in this neighborhood.  When the two cats were found dead on Wednesday night, other neighbors told the pet owners that they too had cats that were missing.  Police are investigating the deaths of the cats and searching for those that are still missing.

Police are looking for a suspect in this case.  If you have any information, you can call 870-937-STOP.