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Cat's lifeless body found hanging from fence

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A cat was recently discovered hanged from a fence in Las Vegas. (Source: Nevada Voters for Animals) A cat was recently discovered hanged from a fence in Las Vegas. (Source: Nevada Voters for Animals)

A cat was found dead after police say someone intentionally hanged it from a fence. It’s not clear whether this cat was a pet or feral. Police are concerned because studies link animal torture of this nature to future sexual assault, murder and even serial killings.

“Sometimes that's how the murderers start on those crime stories on TV. Yeah, it's bad news,” said Ray Parker, who lives right down the street from where the adult male cat was found.  

“I'm not happy about it. First thing that comes to mind is that it might be children that are doing that. Very evil children, you know, cruelty to animals,” Parker said.

Parker grew up with animals and was disturbed to find out someone tortured and killed a cat right on his street.

“I'd wanna know who it is, get them picked up and get them some help,” Parker said,

And that's what police are trying to do. They got the call on Sept. 14. A woman walked out of her home and found a brown adult male cat hanging by a ligature on a fence.

“This case disturbs us more because of the manner in which it was done. Obviously this was a very deliberate act where torture was the goal,” said Det. Robert Sigal of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Police, along with a veterinarian, say it's clear someone captured the cat and hanged it from a fence while it was still alive. A veterinarian explained that the binding around the neck was extremely tight, and bruising on the cat shows burst blood vessels, She said the cat did not die quickly.

Now they're searching for the person responsible because they fear animal cruelty may be just the beginning.

“The people that commit animal cruelty are the ones that are going to commit our future sexual assaults, our future homicides, our future serial killers,” Sigal said. 

Police also link animal cruelty to school shootings, saying almost all school shooters have a history of violence towards animals.

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