Image: Fla. sign warning pet owners to keep cats inside
J Pat Carter  /  AP
Warnings have been posted around two Fla. communities, including this one in south Miami.
updated 6/10/2009 9:14:51 AM ET 2009-06-10T13:14:51

For the past month, horrified cat owners in two south Miami-Dade County communities have been finding their pets killed and mutilated.

Police say many of the cats were missing fur and appeared to have been cut with a sharp, straight instrument. In all, investigators are looking into about two dozen deaths.

Investigators don't yet know who or what is behind the gruesome cat deaths in Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay. But owners are keeping their pets inside, raising reward money and warily eyeing strangers.

A police spokeswoman says the manner of death indicates a person killed the animals, and that the deaths could be linked. So far, there's no indication the killer or killers plan to attack people.

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