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The FBI has joined the investigation into the fatal stabbing and dismemberment of a 40-year-old woman inside Atlanta's Piedmont Park early Wednesday.

Katherine Janness was walking her dog in the park Tuesday evening when she was brutally attacked.

Janness' lesbian partner pinged her phone and located her spouse's body inside the park.

Janness' body parts were found scattered about 100 yards inside the Charles Allen Drive entrance to the park near 10th Street in Midtown just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Her dog Bowie was also stabbed to death.

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Bowie defended his owner during the vicious attack. FBI agents plan to use DNA from the dog's saliva to identify the killer.

Atlanta police have stepped up foot patrols inside the park since the "gruesome" murder.

Police are trying to determine if Janness' murder was random or targeted because the killer spent time with her body after she died.

Investigators aren't ruling out a serial killer. Janness is the second woman killed at an Atlanta area park in the past week.

Police are asking residents who live on 10th Street near the park to check their security videos.

Janness worked as a bartender for Campagnolo restaurant in Midtown Atlanta.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Atlanta Crime Stoppers for information on the case.
 

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The City of Atlanta stepped up foot patrols inside Piedmont Park after a woman and her dog were stabbed and dismembered overnight Wednesday.

Katherine Janness, 40, was found stabbed and dismembered near the Charles Allen entrance to Piedmont Park after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Her pitbull Bowie was lying dead beside her.

Janness worked as a bartender for Campagnolo restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. She had just finished dinner at home and was walking her dog when she was brutally attacked.

Janness' lesbian partner pinged her phone and located her spouse's body inside the park.

Police are trying to determine if Janness' murder was random or targeted because the killer spent time with her body after she died.

Police are asking residents who live on 10th Street near the park to check their security videos.

Police aren't ruling out a serial killer after the remains of two bodies were found behind a shopping center in Henry County earlier this month.

Henry County police say the remains belong to two different people. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is trying to identify the remains that were found in a wooded area behind a shopping center in Stockbridge, Georgia on July 7.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Atlanta Crime Stoppers for information on the case.
 

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Four employees at a Pennsylvania PetSmart were arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a customer's dog died while in their care.

NFL sideline reporter AJ Ross is still mourning the loss of her loyal companion, Kobe. The poodle was strangled to death during a grooming session after Ross dropped him off at a PetSmart in Pittsburgh.

Julie Miller, Shaphan Stonge, Elizabeth Doty and Heather Rowe each face charges in connection with the death of 11-year-old Kobe.

Ross told PEOPLE she dropped off her beloved pooch for a nail trim on Nov. 17.

"When I brought him in, I asked if I could stay, because he was just the type of dog that he liked to see where I was at all times," she told PEOPLE on Thursday. "They told me because of COVID I couldn't stay in the grooming area."

When she returned to pick up Kobe she found her dog laying motionless on the grooming table.

"He looked lifeless. He didn't even look like he was breathing," Ross said.

Ross shared her pain in an Instagram post titled "PetSmart Killed My Dog."

"My horrific experience at PetSmart has been excruciating to recap publicly. But I sincerely hope in sharing my story it will lead to better grooming training practices and increased transparency and oversight; so no one else has to endure a pain like this."

 

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