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Necropsy shows mutilated cat was hit by car, not decapitated by person

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A photo of Button, courtesy of the cat's owner. A photo of Button, courtesy of the cat's owner.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Multnomah County Animal Services reports a cat found mutilated in southeast Portland was hit by a car and scavenged, and was not decapitated by a person.

A woman told FOX 12 earlier in the week she discovered her 3-year-old cat named Button dead near her apartment at Southeast 28th and Salmon Street.

She said it appeared Button had been decapitated.

The cat’s body was brought to Multnomah County Animal Services for an initial inspection on Wednesday, then sent to the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for necropsy and analysis.

Those tests concluded Button died from blunt force trauma, consistent with being struck by a moving vehicle. The cat’s body was then scavenged, according to investigators.

The owner was notified of the final results with condolences for her loss.

“While the loss of this cat is tragic and disturbing, we can believe that the cat’s death and condition is not the result of a malicious person, but rather that of a vehicle accident and natural scavengers,” said Randall Brown, MCAS field services manager. “Cat fatality cases such as this one are common during summer months, when predators and scavengers are more active in our communities.”

Multnomah County Animal Services encourages community members to continue reporting similar cases to 503.988.7387 for investigation by Animal Control Officers.

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