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$2,500 reward offered for decapitation leads

Updated 12:21 pm, Saturday, November 16, 2013
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A $2,500 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the mutilation and death of a cat and three birds in New Canaan has been posted by an anonymous person.

The decapitated head of a black cat was found Oct. 14 at the end of a common driveway on Laurel Road. Following that incident, police also received reports of a decapitated bird's head on Autumn Lane. Since then, two more cases of decapitated birds have been reported to the New Canaan Police Department.

Police believe that all four incidents may be connected.

The individual posting the reward cites statistics that show there is a direct correlation between those who torture and kill animals and perpetrators of violent crimes against people.

Between 71 and 83 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partners also abused or killed the family pet.

According to the National School Safety Council, in seven school shootings that took place across the country between 1997 and 2011, all boys involved had previously committed acts of animal cruelty.

Individuals with information are encouraged to contact the New Canaan Police Department at 203-594-3500.