Authorities found 22 dead cats dumped on the side of a remote road east of Santa Margarita in the Los Padres National Forest earlier this month, according to San Luis Obispo County Animal Services.
Animal Services workers found the dead cats on March 8. The cats died as a result of intentionally inflicted blunt force trauma, according to the agency.
All of the cats appeared to have come from a single location. It appeared that the cats were well cared for prior to their deaths.
Officials have not identified a suspect or suspects in the case. Investigators request that anyone who has information about the dead cats or their owner call animal services at (805) 781-4400 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.