Authorities are investigating after nearly a dozen cats were found dead of possible poisoning outside a home in the Hammocks Monday.
Miami-Dade Animals Services spokeswoman Kathy Labrada said they received a call around 9 a.m. Monday that several dead cats were in the yard of a home in the 10000 block of Southwest 147th Place.
When animal services responded, they found 10 cats dead and another 3 extremely ill, Labrada said. The ill cats were later euthanized.
Poisoning may be the cause, Labrada said, though one of the cats had signs of head trauma and will be tested to try to determine whether it had been poisoned.
Labrada said the cats were likely strays, but the owner of the home where they were found had been feeding them.
"It's extremely unusual for this many cats to be found dead in one area," Labrada said.
More cats were still in the area and animals services placed traps to try to catch them and test them for any possible poisons.