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(Aurora, Colorado-AP) -- A task force has been formed to investigate the mutilations of at least 24 cats in the Denver metropolitan area in the past year.
Four of the animals have been killed in the suburb of Aurora within the past two weeks. Some were beheaded while others had their stomachs slit open.
The cases are similar to a string of pet mutilations in the Salt Lake City Avenues neighborhood. Nine cats and a dog have been found dead and dismembered in the past two years. No suspects have been identified, though police investigators in Colorado and Utah are consulting on the cases.
Utah officials are offering an 85-hundred dollar reward for information, and the reward in Colorado has grown to 12-thousand dollars.
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