DENVER -- Denver Animal Protection is looking for witnesses to what it calls "the horrific killing of a cat" overnight in the city's Lowry neighborhood.
Charlie, a one-year-old tabby cat was found dead in the street across from Verbena Park by a neighbor, DAP said.
The park is located at 1151 Verbena St., between E. 11th and E. 12th avenues.
No specific details regarding the cat's death were released. But DAP says there is reason to believe rocks were involved with how the cat was killed.
The cat was microchipped and Animal Protection contacted the owner, who was aware the cat was outside.
"They’ve got to be sick," said Terri Kimrey, Charlie's owner. "I’m hoping they get some help."
Kimrey had Charlie for about nine months. She's had a number of cats through the years, but he was her first kitten.
"I’m going to miss him," Kimrey said. "It's sad that something like this has to happen to him."
DAP officers are looking for people who saw or heard anything unusual Thursday night or early Friday morning.
It's also asking people in the area to check surveillance cameras.
Denver Animal Protection can be reached at 720-913-1311, along with Sgt. Avery Borden at 720-337-1797.
Investigators said they have not had other reports of abused animals in that area recently.