Mystery animal is terrorizing neighborhood, residents say - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: George Metaxas, 10/23/03, 5:02 p.m.

Mystery animal is terrorizing neighborhood, residents say

By Tony McNary

Neighbors in this Memphis community want to know what's killing their pets.

The area is around South Parkway and Lamar.

People who live in that neighborhood say they have proof that something is killing their pets.

Now some residents are afraid to go out at night, so they called in the big guns.

Officials from Shelby County came armed with a shotgun and searched a culvert and a wooded area near those resident's homes.

People who live near Cooper and Turner Streets say that's where they found large animal prints and heard strange growls.

Neighbor Helyn Williams said, "It has eaten dogs and cats. A lot of neighbors pets has been missing. We've seen dead cats, half cats and dogs that have been split open and the inside have been ate out of."

Williams says the mystery animal has been terrorizing their neighborhood for a year.

Shelby County officials say they are taking this very serious.

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