Cat impaled on cemetery fence had throat slit, police say

OREGON CITY, Ore. - More details have emerged in the investigation of a cat that was found impaled on a cemetery fence.

Investigators suspect the cat was beaten and its throat was slit before being placed on the wrought iron fence at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City on Saturday.

The Oregon Humane Society will examine the cat in the next couple days to confirm the feline's cause of death. Another possible scenario, investigators said, is that a coyote could have attacked the cat and then someone impaled the cat on the fence.

The case is similar to two cases that happened in the area two summers ago. In the first case, a mutilated cat was found in a grassy area at St. John Apostle Cemetery. Then, less than two weeks later, a passerby spotted cat remains at the nearby Hillendale City Park. Police determined the cats were tortured.

Both the 2011 cases and the one this weekend have neighbors on edge, as many of them reported having outside cats. Marty Mills said he now calls his cats in for dinner early.

"It's just messed up. They need help," Mills said. "I mean, that's the only thing, if someone's going to do that to a cat, what else are they doing? They have something wrong."

Ken and Angela Jones were the folks who stumbled upon the cat impaled on the fence and notified police. They hope someone will come forward with information on a suspect before it happens again.

"It's unbelievable," Ken Jones said. "I've never seen anything like this is my life."