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Dead cat in Prospect Park! Warning: Explicit photo of said cat

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Curiosity didn’t kill this cat — but did the Butcher of Prospect Park?

Park regulars made a bloody pre-Valentine’s Day discovery on Sunday: a frozen, mutilated feline on the southern shore of the lake.

Advocate Ed Bahlman was taking a jaunt with wildlife rehabilitator Anne-Katrin Titze when the pair noticed a mysterious black garbage bag.

Instinctively, Bahlman touched the sack.

“I knew there was an animal inside immediately,” he said.

The pair, best known for their swan advocacy, opened the mystery bag, revealing the putrescent pussy.

“This was definitely the work of an animal abuser,” said Bahlman, who said the creature was not intact.

“Its ear was missing,” Titze noted. “No animal could have done that.”

The bagged cat could be the calling card of the shadowy fiend we call the Butcher of Prospect Park, the malevolent person or people with a taste for animal blood who burst on the scene last March.

Chicken heads, a dead dog, a raccoon have all turned up by the lake since then, not to mention goat guts, and later, the caprine’s head.

Eugene Patron, a park spokesman said the cat appeared to be a case of “illegal dumping,” and said that workers would remove the bag once they locate it.

“People are bringing those animals to the park,” said Patron. “It’s not like people are going around killing and harming wildlife in the park.”

(Except the feds, of course, who killed more than 250 geese in the name of aviation safety last year.)

Advocates and park officials agree that the cat in the bag is not likely the work of follower of Santeria, a religion that uses animals in ritual sacrifice, whose practitioners are also known to leave behind gory traces of their faith.

Either way, animal lovers were appalled.

“Where is the empathy for living, sentient beings?” wondered Sheepshead Bay resident Laurie Bleier, founder of the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network.

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al pankiin from downtown says:
looks like prospect park is a dangerous place, even for cats
Feb. 15, 2011, 7:39 am
Robert from Sheepshead Bay says:
This is news?
Feb. 15, 2011, 7:57 am
Chris from Windsor Terrace says:
Robert from Sheepshead Bay - Yes, it is news!
Prosopect Park officials should report all animal abuse discovered.
They cannot dismiss obvious abuse of animals as normal. This cat had its ear cut off while it was alive and then was killed.
Look at the photo Robert and you will see why this is news.
Feb. 15, 2011, 9:15 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
let the cats kill the dumb birds
Feb. 15, 2011, 10:29 am
MB from WT says:
Incredibly appalling and heartbreaking that this living, breathing creature had to suffer this way.

There is no excuse for animal abuse.
Feb. 16, 2011, 9:34 am
Martin from Prospect Heights says:
Over the past year the prospect park alliance spokesman and its president have not seemed to be troubled by any of the killings that have been discovered inside prospect park.

The only ones profiting from this inaction by those paid to protect the park are the ones perpretrating the crimes.
Feb. 17, 2011, 11:23 am
Gina from West Virginia says:
This is not so much a specific comment about this article, (which, needless to say, was very upsetting to read, as was the archive articles I read on the sad situation with the park fowl inhabitants) but more my taking the liberty of using this comment page to say Hello to Ed Bahlman, someone I used to know circa 70's-80's in NYC, should he happen to read the comment page.
An old friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn spotted this article and, recognizing the name Ed Bahlman forwarded it to me.
Hey Ed! I am thrilled to read that you too are now involved in creature rescue. I have been doing horse and dog rescue for quite some time now, and now live on a farm in West Virginia with 12 rescued horses and 8 rescued dogs! And, yes, still own a clothing/shoe store, but just as a means to an end.... the end being the care and feeding of these rescued animals.
Who would have thought we would both end up in animal/bird rescue, huh?!
I hope you are well and happy....
Gina, Harpers Ferry, WV.
Feb. 27, 2011, 10:08 am

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