TOWNSEND (WATE) – Blount County SPCA officials say three cats were found on Schoolhouse Gap Road with their tails cut off along with other injuries.They're offering a $250 reward through the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation for information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the person or people responsible.One of the cats nicknamed "N.T." by the SPCA is doing a lot better two weeks after he was found by a woman named Mary Burton. Burton found him hurt and wandering on her street."As soon as I saw him I knew something was wrong with this cat. We looked closer and saw that his tail had been cut off," said Burton.There's also a mark on N.T's head where authorities say he was shot with a pellet. Vickey Dennis, the Blount County SPCA Director, says there were maggots on his wounds at the time he was found."When we arrived we were shocked at what we found," said Dennis.Dennis says two other cats with a similar story were also found in the area recently. She says they are certain a person, not an animal, is behind the cat mutilation."For one, this is the third case of this nature. Also the injuries are not like what an animal would have done," said Dennis.Burton worries that if someone's capable of this type of animal brutality in her neighborhood, they could be capable of more."If they can cut a cats tail off, what else will they do?" said Burton.The Blount County SPCA is looking for a home for N.T. If you'd like to adopt him, or have information that could help catch the culprit call them at (865) 256-9106.The SPCA has tracked down N.T's original owner. They say he told them he never harmed the cat. However, he is being investigated in this case.
If I ever caught the ba$tard who did this, I would shoot him in the butt with my own airguns.
They say serial killers start out with animals because they are easy.