Justice For ‘Milo,’ Cat Found Skinned And Gutted Near His Family’s Home
Published: May 13, 2022 at 05:05 PM Author: Penny Eims
Rock Island, Illinois – In April, a beloved cat was discovered dead not far from his owner’s home. The black and white cat, named Milo, had been skinned and gutted – all of his organs were gone, aside from his kidneys which were surgically removed and placed next to his body.
Milo’s owner, Steve Havercamp, found the body approximately 40 yards from his home. He called animal control and the responding officer told him that it was the worst case of animal cruelty that he had seen in his 30-year career. Havercamp recounted what the officer told him,
“He was so shocked by it. He called the detective in to conduct a full investigation because this is an animal cruelty charge, which is a felony.”
Describing Milo’s mutilated body,
“His flesh was cut with a sharp blade that can be seen by how the flesh was removed, sharp edges to the cuts. All the muscle and tissue was flayed from the bone. There’s no bite marks; there’s no teeth marks, and you can see the surgical precision in place.”
Anyone who could commit a savage crime like this must be found and punished. This is an abhorrent act of cruelty and Animal Victory wants the person responsible to be found and held accountable. In addition to creating a petition to raise awareness of this crime, Animal Victory is contributing $1000 to a reward fund. Please support us as we work to find the person behind this evil crime.
If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or submit a Web Tip. You do not have to give your name. CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $2500 and you can remain anonymous.
You can also provide tips/information about this situation to the authorities at 309-732-2677.
Update 6/21/2022: Animal Victory has sent 16,945 signatures to Chief Of Police Richard Landi.
Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.