The investigation into the mutilated body of a cat found on a fairway at Covington Country Club will move to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office on Tuesday morning.
The office’s chief pathologist, Michael DeFatta, will conduct a necropsy — basically, an animal autopsy — on Charlie, a 2-year-old cat whose body was found split in half earlier this month.
A veterinarian from the Humane Society and deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will attend the necropsy.
Having animals brought to the coroner’s office for a necropsy is unusual, but not unprecedented.
“We have, in the past, assisted the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in similar investigations, so this is not a unique case,” Coroner Charles Preston said.
Charlie’s death is likely the result of a criminal act, Preston said. Killing small animals in such a manner is sometimes an indicator of a mental illness, he added.
The necropsy will hopefully provide clues to help investigators in the case, Preston said.
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