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Missing cat search in Escondido exposes possible animal cruelty case

Posted at 11:40 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 07:29:36-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - The San Diego Humane Society is looking into a possible animal cruelty case after finding the remains of multiple cats at a property in Escondido.

10News learned Humane Society investigators and Escondido police were at a property at the end of Reed Road for several hours Thursday. An investigation began last week when a 13-year-old orange tabby cat named Leonard was reported missing.

According to authorities, GPS trackers’ last ping was at the property on Reed Road.

Because the property is at the end of a long, private driveway, Leonard’s owner called police.

“This is exactly what the police told me: There were cages with dead animals tied strapped to the cages,” the cat’s owner said.

According to the owner, law enforcement officers were able to rescue some cats after the investigation was launched.

However, there was no sign of Leonard, and while his owner said there is a chance Leonard might have escaped, he fears the worse.

“I think it’s great Leonard saved a bunch of other cats’ lives and hopefully it’ll put an end to this person who’s doing this. Who knows how long they’ve been doing this?” he said.

No arrest has been made and it is unclear if investigators made contact with the people on the property.