Update: The dead cat turned out not to be this woman's pet, but an unknown cat. Resident and advocate Jennifer Estopinal tells us via email that the woman's cat returned Jan. 9, "unharmed after a five day absence. At this time [it's] not known who the mutilated cat belong to." HPD officers will continue to investigate.
The sicko(s) responsible for a string of cat killings and mutilations in Timbergrove/Lazybrook have claimed another casualty last weekend: A woman found her missing cat, dead and in pieces, in a box that had been used to cover a rose bush, according to an e-mail from the Lazybrook security e-mail list.
Roughly 12 cats -- both pets and strays -- have been killed in the neighborhoods near T.C. Jester and Ella Blvd. in the last five years, but Houston police don't have much to go on.
The e-mail sent to residents states that "a neighbor in the 2200 block of Lazybrook had a cat missing most of the day on Saturday [January 4]....After the cat left home in the morning, it did not return and the owner called for her [and] searched for her on foot and vehicle. On Sunday, the owner noticed a box that had been used to cover a rose bush moved [and] lifted the box and was shocked to see fur and parts of her cat. The cat was obviously mutilated and put in the box."
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