Klamath Falls Police investigating possible animal abuse cases

Klamath Falls, Ore. – An investigation of possible acts of animal mutilations continues in Klamath Falls. A badly mutilated 5-month-old pit bull was found dead by its owner on Crescent Avenue two weeks ago.

Lieutenant Jack Daniel of the Klamath Falls police department notes that a veterinarian was unable to tell if the damage was caused by a human, or another animal. He said, “Further testing is being done on evidence from that case.”

Early last week, another report of animal mutilation in the same neighborhood was posted on Facebook. “We received notification of a possible mutilation to a cat via social media,” said Klamath County Animal Control Officer Jim Nielsen. “But at this time, we have not found the animal in question.”

Neighbor Ron Crete says he’s concerned, but not worried, “All the neighbors have dogs, pretty much – and so we usually visit on the street, get to know each others dogs, and we go from there.”

While there’s still no solid evidence of animal mutilations, Lieutenant Daniel says police are still urging residents not to take any chances, “We’re asking folks in the area to be vigilant with their pets, taking the extra time to bring them in, and paying attention to who’s wandering around their neighborhood.”

If a suspect is identified, that person could face felony charges of aggravated first-degree animal abuse.

Investigators say there’s no evidence to suggest the latest incidents are connected to several cases of animal mutilation that happened in Klamath Falls over 2 years ago.


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