Is there a serial kitty killer in the west end?

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“It’s terrible to think someone would do this.”

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When Nina Berry’s 3 1/2-year-old purebred Bengal cat, Naz Naz, disappeared last Thursday, she plastered her neighbourhood with “missing” posters.

On Sunday, the horrifying news came. A neighbour, one of several who had been scouring the area for Naz Naz, found his mutilated body in a nearby field.

Berry’s heart was broken.

“Talking about it right now is too traumatic. How we found him was extremely terrible,” she said in an exchange with this newspaper on Tuesday.

Naz Naz is one of four cat deaths since the beginning of June that are being investigated by Ottawa police. Two dead cats were found Tuesday morning in a neighbourhood near West Hunt Club Road and Woodroffe Avenue. All appear to have been killed intentionally and police said initial signs suggested the animals had been abused.

After Naz Naz was found, Berry posted a chilling warning on Facebook to other pet owners about the missing cats.

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“And they have been finding them exactly how we found the body of my cat in the area with a cut down his stomach with his intestines out but all intact and there was no blood found where we found our cat,” she wrote.

“There were no (indications) of bites or an animal attack. They think this could be a person doing this to animals and reports have been made to the city along with the report of my cat. Please keep your animals safe and on leash or supervised them outside … Everyone please share this post. The pain of seeing this done to my animal has truly destroyed me.”

On Tuesday, Berry remembered Naz Naz as a playful cat that “played fetch and loved car rides.” She shared videos of Naz Naz hiding in the fridge, playing peek-a-boo on the stairs and climbing high onto kitchen cupboards.

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“He was very silly,” she said. “It’s terrible to think someone would do this.”

Nina Berry shared videos of Naz Naz hiding in the fridge, playing peek-a-boo on the stairs and climbing high onto kitchen cupboards.
Nina Berry shared videos of Naz Naz hiding in the fridge, playing peek-a-boo on the stairs and climbing high onto kitchen cupboards. Photo by Nina Berry /Handout photo

Berry said she has spoken to police about the incident, but was given little information by officers.

Police said the other incidents appeared to have occurred either in city parks or along bike paths or Hydro corridors, primarily in the area bounded by Greenbank Road, Baseline Road, Merivale Road and Hunt Club Road.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service west division criminal investigations section at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666.

Police urged the public to report animal welfare concerns to police or the province’s toll-free 24/7 number 1-833-9ANIMAL or 1-833-926-4625.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or online at crimestoppers.ca

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