SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Prosecutors in California have found the owners of two cats whose collars were found in the car of an accused serial cat killer.
The collars are critical pieces of evidence in the case being developed by Santa Clara County prosecutors.
Prosecutors say now that they know who the owners of the cats are, they can add more counts to the charges against Robert Farmer. His main charge is animal cruelty.
KGO-TV first broke the story in late September when a man, whom police say is Farmer, was caught on surveillance video snatching a cat from the lawn of a home in the Cambrian District of San Jose.
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Neighbors feared there was a serial catnapper and others came forward saying they too had cats missing or found dead of blunt force trauma.
Last week, Santa Clara County prosecutors asked for the public's help in finding the owners of two cats, which had these collars when they were snatched:
Police found the collars along with a dead cat in Farmer's car when the 24-year-old was arrested in October.
The pink collar belongs to Thumper, a cat owned by Leo Martinez and his wife. His remains were found in a parking lot near their home.
Leo saw the collar on TV last week and called the district attorney.
"It just brought some really bad feelings about this gentleman as to what he did to our animal," said an emotional Leo. "I'm sorry but, you know, she was part of our family."
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June Rovai's cat, Traveller, disappeared at the end of September. She then heard about Farmer's arrest and wondered if her beloved feline could have been one of his victims. Rovai's fears were confirmed when she too saw her cat's collar on the news.
"Every day I looked for him until I saw his collar," she said. "The moment I saw his collar I knew for sure that he wasn't coming home."
Farmer has been charged with animal cruelty and other related counts. He'll be back in court Tuesday to enter a plea.
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