WARNING! The story contains disturbing details!
- Oklahoma, USA -
The Broken Arrow Police Department (BAPD) is investigating the recent mutilation of a family cat as a possible hate crime against a Tulsa Police officer, Scott Dean.
The victim is a Bengal cat named Capone who was found in the neighbor’s yard across the street from the family’s home near 71st and 145th.
Tulsa World reports that Officer Mike Peale said “there was no blood or evidence at the scene that led investigators to believe the trauma occurred where the cat’s body lay. Neither was there indication that any animal could have inflicted such a fate, causing officers to believe it was at the hands of a human." He added: “It doesn’t look like it’s an accident.”
Tulsa World also reports that Officer Peale said: “Officers have canvassed and re-canvassed the area interviewing residents and looking for surveillance footage to no avail. Capone’s family has video camera security, but the cat was placed just outside the range of the camera.”
Josie Saltarelli, Capone’s guardian and Officer Dean’s girlfriend, wrote in a Facebook post: “Our hearts are broken, our kids traumatized, and our lives forever changed.”
She said that Capone had been with the family for 9 years.
The Tulsa Police Department wrote in a brief Facebook post: “One of our Tulsa Police Officers had their family pet mutilated and left across the street from their home.
Whether this was directed at the Officer specifically, or a horrible act of violence against this poor cat, this person or group of people need to be identified.
If you know anything about this case, please contact the Broken Arrow Police Department.”
Family, friends, and neighbors have come together to put together a reward in exchange of information leading to a criminal conviction.
Saltarelli wrote in a Facebook post that the reward has now increased to $5,850 as the Oklahoma Alliance For Animals had added $1,000.
If you have any information related to this heinous crime, please come forward and speak up for Capone.
Whoever did this to an innocent and defenseless animal cannot and must not be allowed to walk this planet.
Please call the Broken Arrow Police Department at (918) - 259 - 8400. Thank you!
*Voice For Us believes that not reporting animal cruelty is the same as committing it!*