Cat found dead outside Mark Twain Residence Hall

Friday, December 2, 2011 | 12:42 p.m. CST; updated 4:52 p.m. CST, Friday, December 2, 2011

 COLUMBIA — A cat was found dead with its front paws bound together with duct tape at 3:30 p.m. Thursday outside of a residence hall at MU.

The short-haired domestic cat was found north of Mark Twain Hall's Fifth Street parking lot near a fence separating the  residence hall from a construction area on Stewart Road, said Molly Aust, supervisor at Columbia Animal Control.

Some people at the Conley Avenue Parking Garage saw the cat and called the MU Police Department, Nathan Cheesman, Mark Twain Hall coordinator, said.

"The only reason we knew about it was because it was found on our property,” Cheesman said.

Aust said the cat was scanned, and it didn't have a microchip, collar or tag identifying it to an owner.

Aust also said there would be no necropsy to see how the cat died because her office has no leads for the situation.

"If someone had called and said, 'I saw what happened,' then we might be able to do something, but no one has," Aust said.

People with information about the incident can call Columbia Animal Control at 449-1888.

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