ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Police in North Carolina are searching for a third suspect in the mutilation of a family cat.
News outlets reported Monday that 26-year-old Shariah Jessamyn Metzger and 29-year-old Jace Lee Greene have been arrested on charges of improper burial of an animal.
Asheville police are searching for Zackery Eugene Greene on the same charge.
Officers were alerted to social media images of showing the dead cat strung up and sliced open, posed with needles in its body and drugs in its mouth.
The cat was found at an Ingles grocery store, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
A Brother Wolf Animal Rescue spokeswoman, Andee Bingham, says the cat was microchipped.
Owner Aaron Nastor told the local WLOS-TV that Kitty was their sweet family cat, and crimes like this are not what Asheville is about.
Metzger and Greene are each being held on a $15,000 bond in the Buncombe County Detention Center.
It’s unclear if the suspects have lawyers.