Klamath Falls, Ore. - Pet owners in Klamath Falls are on edge following reports of animal mutilations.
We can't show you the photos of how several dogs, and a cat were found.
"They were skinned completely." Notes Gale McMahon of Klamath County Animal Control. "Some were decapitated, some were skinned completely from head to toe."
The first incident was reported in June of last year...the most recent was in February.
The mutilated animals were then set out along public walkways.
McMahon says that police aren't saying just how many animals have been found...
"For the simple reason we don't want to release any information that may compromise the investigation."
Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says that some evidence has been recovered...
"We're pursuing some forensic evidence, hopefully to catch the offender or offenders."
We asked Patridge if the mutilations were the result of a gang initiation...
"We hope that's not the case, but we do know that animal mutilation is part of some of the rituals of some of these gangs."
None of the animals have been reported as lost or stolen, but Patridge says pet owners are still concerned...
"People are scared to put their dogs and cats out."
Gale McMahon says the case is a high priority...
"If I have the ability, I will hunt to the ends of the Earth to find somebody like this to take them to justice."
Animal control officers say they're still looking for tips from the public that may help to crack the case.
Those with information are asked to call 911.
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