Overland Park cat’s death being investigated

Overland Park police are investigating the death of Oreo, a 2-year-old tuxedo cat found partially skinned on Wednesday, his body about 500 feet from his owners’ house in an affluent subdivision.

Oreo’s owners, Bill and Leasa Carrington, cried often Friday at a press conference as they told of losing a beloved pet and a sense of security.

“It’s just creepy,” said Leasa Carrington, who gave Oreo as a kitten to her husband for Valentine’s Day 2010. “It’s hard to believe that anyone could do this to mine or any animal.”

Overland Park police are investigating the case, and the Carringtons are offering a $1,500 reward for information.

Bill Carrington said they let Oreo out of their house in the 11600 block of West 177th Terrace at about 4:30 in the morning Wednesday, and a neighbor saw him wrestling with her small dog at about 7 a.m.

The cat did not come back inside for breakfast as it usually did about 9 a.m. Carrington grew worried and put out fliers, he said. Neighbors found the body at about 3 p.m.

A veterinarian found that the white fur area on Oreo’s stomach and legs had been skinned off, and he reported it as animal abuse to police. The cat died of blunt force trauma, Carrington said, and someone now has his white pelt.

“This is not just the loss of the best friend I ever had but should concern us all that there is someone capable of this nearby,” Carrington said on the fliers he handed out Friday.

Stephanie Henshaw, director of the Love 4 Paws rescue group based in Overland Park, is working with the couple and police and said callers with information can remain anonymous if they want.

Police ask anyone with information to call 913-895-6300.

Oreo’s owners want to know who killed their special pet.

“He was like no other cat I’ve ever seen before,” Leasa Carrington said. “He was so much joy and happiness.”