WAN Talks With Director Of The Humane Society Of Louisiana About Horrific Case Of A Decapitated Cat Found “Displayed” On A Sidewalk In Upscale New Orleans Neighborhood

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(Not the cat that was found with its head decapitated)

Yesterday, WAN was fortunate to spend a few minutes on the phone with Jeff Dorson, the director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

Unfortunately, it is a conversation that should never have had to take place had it not been for the unfathomable, appalling, brutal, heart-breaking news that a cat’s decapitated head was found on June 1st “purposely displayed” on the sidewalk of an upscale neighborhood in New Orleans.

There were reportedly no signs of a struggle near the spot where the cat’s head was found, and only a few drops of blood were found on the sidewalk.

There are no words let alone enough adjectives for such a heinous crime against an innocent animal, most-likely someone’s four-legged family member.

Beyond sick on so many levels…and terrifying that people capable of such cold-hearted acts of unnecessary violence to defenseless and innocent beings are walking the very same streets that we are.

As per the Louisiana Humane Society’s Facebook page, “an Uptown resident recently discovered the severed head of a black and white cat while she was taking her morning walk. The head was placed on the sidewalk near the intersection of Eleonore and Coliseum Streets in New Orleans. No other body parts were found at the scene.”

“We are canvassing the neighborhood, knocking on doors, talking to neighbors, and checking security cameras,” Dorson told WAN, noting that they have investigated and received multiple reports of domestic cats found surgically cut in half, and it is a crime that has been documented across the country and Canada, but this is the first time they have received a report of a cat that has been decapitated.

Really? Cutting cats in half is a thing? Deplorable!

“We are concerned that this was done deliberately and that it was left as a sign or an indication that more violence may be forthcoming. Crimes of this nature are rarely isolated,” stated Doran. “I would say that the person who committed this act of violence is likely capable of committing virtually any type of violent crime.”

A 30-year-old private animal protection charity founded in New Orleans, The Humane Society of Louisiana is a leader in the fight against cruelty to animals, prevention of animal abuse, and neglect in all forms.

The Humane Society Of Louisiana is also unique in that it is licensed to conduct private investigations and does so often; hence, the swift implantation and execution of the plan to find whoever is responsible for this heinous crime and ensure that it is the first and last of its kind.

“The Humane Society of Louisiana is the only local animal protection charity that speaks out for all animals of all kinds,” explained Dorson, a former private investigator. “We are committed to investigating crimes to animals. We help with manpower, funding, and assisting police in any way we can.”

All of which is vitally important work, as Dorson explained, because half of the state parishes are without any kind of shelter or animal care services.

As per its website, “When an animal is hit by a car, there is no agency to respond. When an animal is being neglected or abused, there is no one to help if the police don’t take action – and they often don’t. There are virtually no programs to help wildlife or other animals in need.”

Dorson told WAN that as of now there are no suspects, but he is calling for a full police investigation on this case. The Humane Society is also continuing to investigate and will share their findings with additional agencies including the New Orleans Police Department and the LaSPCA.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Humane Society of Louisiana at (901) 268-4432 or info@humanela.org.

Ways to contribute to the Humane Society of Louisiana and help them continue their vital work that includes animal cruelty investigation, crime prevention, education, and animal care programs are available HERE!

WAN will continue to update this story as it develops.

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