By Karen Morfitt

DENVER (CBS4) — Denver Animal Protection is looking for witnesses to the “horrific” killing of a cat in the Lowry neighborhood. A resident found the one-year-old cat dead in the street across from Verbena Park at 1151 Verbena Street on Friday.

The cat named Charlie belongs to Terry Kimrey.

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“I noticed this morning he wasn’t around for breakfast and shortly after that I got a knock on my front door,” she said.

Charlie was found dead about 5 a.m. Friday.

“He was the first kitten that I’ve had and so he loved to cuddle and would always sleep at my feet so tonight is going to be different,” Kimrey said.

Charlie (credit: Denver Animal Protection)

“We found the collar laying next to the cat,” Jenna Humphreys with DAP said. They also found blood on some rocks nearby.

“It breaks my heart,” Humphreys said.

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She said that it was clear the death was not an accident.

Neighbors say it was gruesome scene and while Humphreys did not share exactly how the cat died, she says it’s important they do a full investigation.

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“There’s a clear link between animal abuse and elder abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and we want to make sure that this doesn’t elevate and that anybody that commits these types of acts we want to find these people… absolutely,” Humphreys said.

Charlie (credit: Denver Animal Protection)

Kimrey echoes that importance and says she hopes no one else will suffer a loss, “I have plants and I have cats, they are my family.”

Officers want to talk to anyone who saw or heard anything unusual Thursday night or early Friday morning. They say it is important to find the person behind the attack because there’s a clear link between animal abuse and abuse against people.

They are also asking neighbors to check their surveillance cameras in that area.

Karen Morfitt

Comments (2)
  1. Barbara Bunting Rey says:

    Is the person that was abusing and killing cats in the College Heights neighborhood of Ft Collins loose and in the Denver area?

  2. Don’t let your cats go outside! I have had a cat for five years and she never goes outside. Your cat can come home with fleas,and ticks that carry diseases like the plague for example. You are responsible for your cat’s death because you let it outside unprotected.Your cat can also be eaten by wild animals or run over in traffic. Think people think! .