Coroner joins mutilated pet investigation

Coroner joins mutilated pet investigation

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Coroner has joined the investigation into the body of a cat found cut in half on a Covington-area golf course earlier this month.

Monday, the coroner's office received the animal's remains from the St. Tammany Parish Humane Society.

The chief pathologist will conduct a necropsy to try and determine the cause of the Charly the cat's death.

"We have, in the past, assisted the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in similar investigations, so this is not a unique case," Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said. "The death of this animal very likely the result of a criminal act, but there is a bigger issue:  People who abuse and kill animals, particularly in such a gruesome way, are often suffering from a mental illness that has broader implications and could, conceivably, pose a broader threat to the community."

The necropsy will take place Tuesday morning, with a Humane Society veterinarian and sheriff's office personnel in attendance.

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