Police in Tokyo's Ota Ward are investigating the mysterious deaths of 29 cats since April.
Health officials have not been able to determine the exact cause of death of the 29 cats which were found dead in parks and on streets between April and Aug 18, NTV reported Tuesday. In some cases, the cats were found, with some kind of foaming drooling from the mouth.
Police suspect the animals -- some of which were pets, but most strays -- were poisoned.
All the cats were found dead within a 500-meter radius between Omorinishi 6-chome and Kamata 2-chome.
Police said that some residents reporting seeing cat food beside the bodies. NTV quoted police as saying that someone may be trying to rid the area of stray cats which have become a problem this year.
Police said that whoever is killing the cats faces charges of violating the animal protection law.© Japan Today