Police here have taken on a less conventional investigation into an animal abuse case that was publicized Thursday morning by a Triangle-area nonprofit cat rescue organization.
Alley Cats and Angels founder Tia Hagnas reached out to local media and law enforcement by email regarding a kitten that was found in the area of East Judd Street with cuts to its body and multiple fractures to two legs.
The kitten’s pelvis was also fractured, one leg bone was broken clean in several places and one of the cuts was deep enough that veterinary workers were unable to save the cat, which rescuers called Marvel.
“The cuts were extremely clean and precise,” Hagnas said in the email, which included photos of the wounds and of X-rays from Wake Veterinary Hospital. “The vet said there was little bruising and no abrasions. So most likely, the kitten was not thrown from a car.”
Zebulon police Chief Tim Hayworth said a detective has been assigned to the case. But the investigation begins in reverse order since police were not notified until days after the kitten was discovered, he said.
“Normally, if someone found a crime or a suspicious circumstance they would try to call the police first, and we would go out there and investigate the scene,” Hayworth said. “In this case, someone went out there and picked up the cat and it was something like five days ago.”
The lost time leaves police with little more than the email in terms of leads. Hayworth said it will make the investigation more difficult, but not impossible.
“Obviously, we find it concerning that anyone would torture a kitten like that and leave it there for dead,” he said. “This is a good time to remind people that if someone finds something they think is suspicious or a crime, it is important that they call police so we can get out there on the scene while it is still fresh.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Zebulon Police Department at 919-823-1818.