(photo credit: Wallace Karbe)
Police have opened an investigation to find an unidentified assailant who left a
stray cat sliced-in-half, mutilated, and impaled on a stick in a sleepy corner
of north Tel Aviv, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
According to a
representative of the animal rights organization AHAVA, the state of the
mutilated cat, which belonged to a Holocaust survivor who passed away recently,
left a volunteer from the organization shaken and speechless.
recent night, someone snuck into the backyard of a house on Rechov Miryam
Hahashmonait, snatched the cat and using an unknown device cut the animal into
two pieces, impaling its head and front legs on a stick. The bottom half of the
cat was left on the floor next to a makeshift trap that the assailant had
fashioned for future victims.
A police forensic unit was called to the
scene and confiscated the trap in order to take DNA samples.
another incident of animal torture took place on the same street recently, when
an assailant gouged an eye out of a kitten and sliced its neck, before passersby
forced him to flee.
The kitten managed to survive the incident and was
taken in by the organization.
The organization is currently trying to
gather funds for a cash reward that will encourage someone who witnessed the
incident or knows who the assailant is to come forward.
They have also
expressed interest in hiring a private investigator.
On Thursday, AHAVA
said, “It is clear that a person who does something like this is dangerous and
it is only a matter of time until they hurt a child or an elderly person or
anyone who just randomly crosses their path some dark night.”
spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv police said Thursday that police had opened an
investigation into the case and though they have no suspects, “it was probably
just some kids.”
When asked if they viewed the incident with severity,
the spokeswoman said “We view this with severity just like any other
Readers with information can call AHAVA on (03) 644- 6888.