COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Coroner will conduct a necropsy on the body of a cat found mutilated on a Covington-area golf course.
The coroner's office received the feline's body Monday morning after residents found the cat last week. The chief pathologist will perform a necropsy – an autopsy performed on a non-human subject – in an attempt to determine the cause of the cat's death and ascertain other information in the case.
Investigators believe the cat's body was displayed so that the public would discover the crime. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies say the cat had been cut in half. His head, front legs and chest were found on the fairway.
The cat, Charley, belonged to an 8-year-old girl.
"I know she misses him deeply. Every day we talk about him. She wants another Charley, and it's gonna' be hard to find one," Becky Worthington said. She and her eight-year-old daughter Abi, who has special needs, adopted Charley a year ago.
The coroner's office hopes testing will lead to the animal's killer.
"We have, in the past, assisted the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in similar investigations, so this is not a unique case," St. Tammany Parish 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."
Neighbors also fanned out across the area to post fliers and search for leads over the weekend.
The reward for information stands at $1,000, but that amount could grow. The family tells FOX 8 donations are still coming in for help.
If you can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.