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Report: Death of Cats in Bay Point Likely Caused by a Predator

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The Bay County Sheriff's Office has released the results of the examination of the remains of a cat that was discovered in the Bay Point area on September 9, 2013.  The examination was conducted by Dr. Rhonda Windham of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The preliminary results indicate that "the torn appearance of exposed soft tissues and the absence of the majority of the carcass may be consistent with being attacked by a predator."  The report also indicates that "Pending DNA results may confirm which predatory species; however the absence of predatory DNA does not rule out a predatory attack."

Sheriff McKeithen stated, "We respect Dr. Windham's expert opinion in this matter, and appreciate the ASPCA's willingness to conduct this examination.  However, we cannot rely solely on opinions in our investigation.  Due to the fact that we have been unable to definitively determine the cause of death, our investigation into this matter will remain open." 

Further results of DNA testing will be released upon receipt.  A copy of the preliminary examination results are attached.

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Information provided by the Bay County Sheriff's Office

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