BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Broken Arrow Police Department is investigating the recent mutilation of a Tulsa police officer’s family cat as a hate crime.
The officer and his family who live near 71st and 145th say they found their Bengal cut into two pieces and gutted, placed directly across the street from their home last weekend.
Due to the graphic nature of the pictures of the cat when it was found, we will not be including it in our coverage of this story.
BAPD says after examining the cat, say it was purposely done and that no other animal could have done the damage.
The family says they are devastated.
“Capone” has been in their family for nine years.
The Tulsa officer’s police car sits in the driveway and the family flies a “thin blue line” flag outside their home.
For that reason, investigators say they believe someone could be targeting the officer and his family.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, hate crimes can be defined as follows:
- Hate Crime: At the federal level, a crime motivated by bias against race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.
- Bias or Hate Incident: Acts of prejudice that are not crimes and do not involve violence, threats, or property damage.
Information about hate crimes in Oklahoma law can be found here.
The family, neighborhood and the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals have come together to offer at $2500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Anyone who might have information is asked to call the Broken Arrow Police Department at 918-259-8400.