By Ralph Iannotti

SHARPSBURG (KDKA) — A $200 reward has been put up by Animal Friends for information leading to an arrest in the mutilations of two cats in Sharpsburg.

The felines were found in separate plastic bags. Authorities know the owner of one of the cats.

Pete Rupert, who owns seven cats, says he was shocked when he was walking along the railroad tracks near his home and found a cat owned by his neighbor, Lisa Gasper, in a plastic bag.

The cat was beheaded.

“They better hope I don’t find out [who’s responsible], because that’s just downright rude,” he said. “Not only did the cat’s death hurt Lisa, but her children too who loved the cat.”

The cat was named Stubby Nubbins because it had no tail when Gasper found her about 10 years ago.

“Stubby never went anywhere, she just stayed right here, I can’t think who would do something like that to the cat,” Gasper said.

“It makes me afraid for people who have pets, I can’t believe people could be so cruel,” Lisa Karlick, another Sharpsburg cat owner, said.

One of Karlick’s three cats has been missing for several weeks.

In Pennsylvania, animal cruelty is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.

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