There were signs that the cat, whose body was found in the 1300 block of Laveta Terrace, might have been tied up with rope, according to a resident and police. Lt. Andrew Mathes with the Northeast Division said someone was either trying to dispose of the body of a pet that had died or it could have been a criminal act. Mathes, who was among the officers who responded to the scene, said the city’s Animal Cruelty Task force was notified of the case.
An Echo Park resident walking his dog on Sunday morning said he called police after his pet started barking at a black bag bound with silver duct tape near the top of the Laveta Terrace steps. The man, who did not want to be identified, said he called 911 a second time several hours later when he returned to the site and saw the bag was still there and a strong odor filled the air.