"It's impossible to forget what we've seen," says the director of a Humane Society in London, Ontario, where officials say a serial animal killer is on the loose. Over the past year, 17 dead animals have been found around the Canadian city. It started with skinned and headless coyotes and a stabbed and partially skinned goose left outside the Humane Society's front door, reports the Canadian Press. But lately domestic animals—including a skinned and headless bunny and a mutilated cat—have been found in public places. The most recent discovery came last Friday, when a skinned dog missing its head and several organs was found outside a beer store, reports the London Free Press. Like the other animals, the dog appeared to have been mutilated with a scalpel and deliberately left in a public spot.
All the animals were drained of blood and expertly cleaned, and most were left in poses (including snakes). Authorities say it's unclear if the animals were dead before the mutilation began. Police are now investigating, but criminology professor and former police officer Michael Arntfield believes the crime spree could stretch back more than two years, when he says he received a tip that an individual was adopting pets from the Humane Society simply to torture and kill them; he says he notified police. "This is not a prank," says Arntfield. This is "a prepatory behavior that will inevitably escalate to more sophisticated forms of offending, up to and including human victims." (Someone previously burned dogs in LA.)