The body of a decapitated cat was found in the bicycle parking lot of an apartment building in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward on Thursday, police said.
Police said they received a call at around 4 p.m., reporting the grisly discovery. Fuji TV quoted police as saying the cat was found, likely not long after its death, and that its head had apparently been severed with a knife.
Police said they are investigating to see if there is any link between this incident and several similar cases in Nerima Ward earlier this year. On April 9, a decapitated cat was found in the school grounds of an elementary school in Asahigaoka; on April 15, a dead cat was found on a street. Police said it had been kicked to death. On April 25, a dead cat was found at the entrance to an elementary school in Sakuradai. On April 27, a decapitated pigeon was discovered near an apartment complex in Itabashi Ward.© Japan Today