ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A community is on alert Monday after three dismembered kittens were found at the Holly Cove Apartments.
Residents said they're worried for the other animals at the complex.
"They know when I click, click it's time to eat, and that's how they know it's time to eat," said Sharon Gearhart.
Gearhart has been feeding the stray cats in her neighborhood for years.
But since the three kittens were found mutilated on Saturday, she said their mothers refuse to eat.
"The moms are just sitting there crying for them, and they're full of milk and they can't find the kittens," she said.
Gearhart found them at the edge of her patio Saturday.
She said the kittens were in such bad shape, she didn't recognize what they were at first.
"There were several pieces to the kittens that remained behind. The cats were mutilated. They were cut in several parts. It's not something you would normally see," said Clay County Detective Anthony Harris.
Harris said they do have leads but have made no arrests.
"We're canvassing the neighborhood, making contact with the community and trying to find out any information that they might have," he said.
Management at the apartment complex is now going door to door with information about the crimes and information about a reward. They're offering a $1,000 dollar reward to anyone who can help catch the person responsible for these heinous acts.
"We are talking about kittens and it does grab the attention of a lot of people," said Harris.
"Unbelievable. It was just unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it before," said Harris.
Harris said they don't yet have a motive for the mutilation, but said whomever is responsible will be charged with animal cruelty.
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