The rise of reports concerning mutilated cats (San Antonio), decapitated birds and goats (Laguna Beach, CA), etc. appears to be a variation on the Headless Man theme that preceded the fall of Allende in Chile. It's a form of terrorism. The vigilantes are rising to arms: "Groups taking action to find cat killer," San Antonio Express, TX, Oct 19, 2007 - "So far, six cats have been found mutilated and tossed into yards in just three weeks time. Two of the six mutilated cats were found in a Northwest Side ... " The newspapers are calling the culprit a "serial cat killer."

Decapitated Animals Found On OC Beaches In Past Week

November 15, 2007

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- Another headless bird was found on an Orange County beach, adding to a string of similar discoveries since last Thursday, authorities said Thursday.

The beheaded bird, believed to be a dove or pigeon, was found at about noon Wednesday on the north side of Main Beach, said Sgt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. ...

Killing and abusing animals is so common in Florida that there is a beach named for it:

Island's strays get 2nd chance locally

Orlando Sentinel, FL - Oct 19, 2007

"Among the locals, the stretch of sand is known as "dead dog beach" because the strays are frequently tortured, mutilated, beaten to death and even shot ... "

"On Halloween night, 1930, the San Francisco Bulletin reported, Wood found them ;painted all over in red and black, with the neck of one cat badly mutilated ... "

Nov. 8: Reward offered in mutilation of girl's pony

Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN - Nov 9, 2007

" ... Fourteen years ago, a palomino colt was mutilated and dismembered on an Independence farm. Cruelty to a horse occurs on average perhaps once or twice a year ... "

" ... Utah, where 11 cats have been mutilated the past year ... The mutilated cat found Wednesday was near H Street and 500 North. ... "

Cats targeted in ‘terrifying’ knife attacks

Dorset Echo, UK - Oct 29, 2007

" ... A SADISTIC cat hater is feared to be loose after two pets living next door to each other were mutilated with knives within days. ... "

"Mutilated cats are turning up in the Edmonton area, and police, the local humane society, bylaw officers and five other groups are working to solve the ... " story/2007/08/21/mutilated-cats.html Far News: Mutilated Cats Mystery Evokes Worldwide Interest.