TAMPA — Rewards totalling $2,500 are being offered to find the person who mutilated a cat, police said Wednesday.
Partial remains of the cat were found this week in a Tampa Heights park and police were searching for the attacker.
On Monday morning, a man found the front part of the cat in Plymouth Playground, according to Tampa police. He recognized the remains as Lion, a 5-year-old gray tabby that belonged to his neighbor. On Tuesday morning, Lion's hind legs were discovered in the park.
The cat was stabbed or shot and was cut in half with a sharp object, police said.
In addition to a $1,000 reward offered for information by Crime Stoppers, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is offering a $1,500 reward, police said. Anyone with a tip was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.