The Great Outdoors? Not for Cats!
Some animal shelters manipulate their euthanasia statistics by instituting policies that leave animals to struggle for survival and die painfully on the streets. So-called “trap-neuter-release” (TNR) programs—or, more accurately, “trap-neuter-reabandon” programs—may allow limited-admission shelters to spin their intake and euthanasia numbers, but they do nothing to protect cats from the horrors that befall them when left outdoors to battle harsh surroundings, sickness, and sadistic people.
Countless cats who are left outdoors without protection die from infected wounds and injuries, as even small abscesses and common urinary tract infections can become raging and deadly for unsocialized cats who cannot be handled and treated. Cats outdoors are vulnerable to contagious diseases, parasite infestations, starvation, dehydration, freezing, heatstroke, attacks by dogs and other predators, and being hit by vehicles. Cruel people often poison, shoot, burn, drown, or otherwise torture and kill cats.
Right or wrong, many property and business owners do not want cats on their property. Not everyone loves cats or wants them climbing on their cars, maiming or killing birds, or digging in their gardens. When animal shelters refuse to accept cats (as more and more so-called “no kill” facilities are doing), property owners often take matters into their own hands and resort to cruelty, both intentional and unintentional.
So many people become upset by roaming cats that legislation was introduced in Wisconsin and Utah to make it legal to stalk, hunt, and kill domestic cats! The bills failed, thanks to an outcry from animal activists and compassionate citizens, but that these bills were introduced at all should serve as a wake-up call for those who claim to care about cats—they are not safe outdoors.
Because of the many deadly hazards that cats face outdoors, responsible guardians allow their feline companions outdoors only when on a leash, in an enclosed area (such as a screened porch), or closely supervised.
Below is just a sampling of some of the horrible fates that have recently befallen stray, feral, and free-roaming cats. Countless others have died frightened and alone under porches or behind dumpsters, without anyone ever noticing what became of them.
November 2014/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Philly.com reported that a cat who had apparently been part of a so-called “managed colony” was found dead during a cold snap. A woman who regularly feeds cats at the site reportedly said of the animals, “They starve while shivering so much,” and stated that finding dead cats at the colony isn’t unusual. Last winter, cat feeders found two dead cats inside one of the makeshift shelters.
November 2014/Livermore, California: MercuryNews.com reported that an apparently homeless cat had become stuck inside a 3 1/2 inch diameter section of a light pole that had been lying on the ground. Firefighters and an electrical company worked to free the animal, which required cutting the pole. When released, the cat was described as “emaciated” and “tattered and fatigued.” The cat was taken to an animal shelter and was reportedly recuperating.
November 2014/Omaha, Nebraska: JRN.com reported that construction workers had rescued an apparently homeless kitten with frostbite by bringing the animal to the Nebraska Humane Society. The kitten, who had been found outdoors, was scheduled to undergo surgery to have part of her frostbitten tail removed and was reportedly receiving hydrotherapy twice a day to treat her frostbitten paws. She was expected to recover and be put up for adoption.
November 2014/Price County, Wisconsin: PriceCountyDaily.com reported that a cat was permanently paralyzed after being shot through the spine with a .22 caliber rifle. A resident reportedly called animal control after finding the cat, who was dragging himself around her home. It was believed that the cat had been bleeding and unable to walk for days, as he had lost fur and developed ulcerated wounds on his legs where they had been dragged over the ground. The cat was receiving veterinary treatment and was expected to survive and be put up for adoption—although he’ll reportedly have to “wear diapers” and use a wheeled cart for the rest of his life. No suspects were identified in the shooting.
November 2014/Brainerd, Minnesota: BrainerdDispatch.com reported that residents were hearing cats’ cries echoing under the streets of Brainerd, where the animals reportedly routinely seek shelter from the elements in the city’s storm sewer system. A city animal control officer who had worked to rescue the crying animals stated that kittens often get stuck in the storm sewer system and that he had rescued about two dozen cats from there.
November 2014/Lumberton, Texas: 12NewsNow.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was attacked by two dogs who had also been roaming unsupervised. The cat’s owner heard the attack and went outside, which scared off the dogs. The cat reportedly died at the scene, and the dogs’ owner was given a ticket.
November 2014/Elbert County, Colorado: TheDenverChannel.com reported that two cats who had been roaming outdoors without supervision in the community had died after being shot. One of the cats reportedly “suffered for two weeks until [his] owner … could catch him and take him to an animal hospital for surgery.” X-rays revealed that the cat had also previously been shot with a pellet gun. The animal reportedly died three days after surgery. Another local cat, who was described as a “barn cat,” had to be euthanized after being shot in the face. The local sheriff’s office reported that there were no leads in the cases.
November 2014/Parkersburg, West Virginia: TheNewsCenter.tv reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found bleeding after being shot in the shoulder with a pellet gun. A veterinary examination determined that the pellet punctured the animal’s lung. The cat received treatment and was reportedly recovering. Police filed a report, but no suspects had been identified.
November 2014/Salina, Kansas: Salina.com reported that a woman’s cat, who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision, returned home in distress. A veterinarian determined that the cat had been shot and removed three pellets from the animal’s abdomen. The cat reportedly died after surgery. A police report was filed, but no suspects had been identified.
November 2014/Fairhope, Alabama: AL.com reported that an apparently homeless cat died from electrocution after entering a power substation and jumping onto a voltage regulator. The animal’s activity reportedly resulted in a “fire ball” that caused $60,000 in damage at the substation. The cat was buried by a worker.
November 2014/Jefferson County, Wisconsin: DailyUnion.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found with an arrow through her shoulder. The animal was taken to a veterinarian, who surgically removed the arrow, and the cat was expected to recover. Two years earlier, another cat in the same county who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was also found by his or her owner after being shot with an arrow. A bolt arrow had reportedly, “entered the animal’s cheek and was protruding from [the cat’s] hind leg.” The animal’s injuries were so severe that he or she had to be euthanized. Sheriff’s deputies had reportedly increased patrols in the area, but no suspects had been identified.
November 2014/Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was attacked by two dogs who had also been roaming unsupervised. The cat’s tail was reportedly so badly injured that it had to be amputated. The animal was reportedly recovering. Seventeen cats in the area, many of whom were part a so-called “managed colony,” had apparently been killed by roaming dogs, and five others were unaccounted for. The two dogs were taken to a local animal shelter by animal control officers.
November 2014/Panama City, Florida: NewsHerald.com reported that four cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision never returned home. A neighbor was arrested after claiming to have abandoned the cats in four different areas of the city because he considered them to be a nuisance. The cats had not been found.
November 2014/Lady’s Island, South Carolina: TheState.com reported that four cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision were killed in attacks by two neighborhood dogs who had also been allowed to roam unsupervised. The local Sheriff’s office was reportedly investigating to find the owners of the dogs.
November 2014/Millen, Georgia: TheMillenNews.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised returned home with an arrow through his neck after having been missing for two weeks. A veterinarian removed the arrow, and the cat was reportedly recovering. It was not reported if police were notified, but no suspects had been identified.
November 2014/Bandera, Texas: BanderaBulletin.com reported that less than a month after treating a cat who had been shot in the face with an arrow, a local animal shelter had received another cat who had been shot in the foot with an arrow. The apparently homeless cat received veterinary care and was reportedly recovering at an animal shelter where he was taken by a good Samaritan. The animal reportedly cried and whimpered from pain whenever he was touched. Two weeks earlier, the good Samaritan’s own cat, who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision, was reportedly shot “multiple times with a pellet gun” and had to have his leg amputated. The sheriff’s office was seeking information in the cases, but no suspects had been identified.
November 2014/Des Moines, Iowa: DesMoinesRegister.com reported that police were investigating after a cat who had been left outdoors without supervision was shot with a pellet gun. The cat was apparently found injured by his or her owner and was taken to a veterinary hospital, where a pellet was surgically removed from one of the animal’s eyes. The cat’s other eye had to be removed because it was severely damaged. No suspects had been identified.
November 2014/Westlake, Ohio: WKYC.com reported that an apparently homeless cat who was pregnant had been found injured and stuck in the engine of a city school bus. The animal was discovered wedged in the engine and “whimpering” by the bus’s driver. The cat was taken to a veterinarian, where one of her legs had to be amputated. Her tail was also broken and was reportedly going to be amputated, and she may never regain full control of her bowels and bladder. The cat apparently lost her kittens as a result of the trauma. She was expected to be put up for adoption.
November 2014/Waimea, Hawaii: TheGardenIsland.com reported that a cat who had been left to roam outdoors without supervision died after being attacked by three dogs who had escaped from their fenced enclosure. An eyewitness stated that the dogs scared the cat out from under some bushes and then all three attacked the cat while the animal was on his or her back. A report was filed with the local humane society, which was reportedly investigating the incident.
October 2014/Columbia, Missouri: ColumbiaHeartBeat.com reported that two cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision were shot with an air rifle. One of the cats was so badly injured that he had to be euthanized. The other was receiving veterinary treatment for injuries sustained after being shot in the back. Police reports had apparently been filed, but no suspects had been identified.
October 2014/South Glens Falls, New York: PostStar.com reported that police were investigating the shooting of a stray cat who was reportedly found with a severely injured leg. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where X-rays revealed that a BB had become lodged in the animal’s leg, which was amputated. The cat was reportedly recovering. No suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland.com reported that 12 cats who were part of a “managed colony” had been found dead and others from the colony were missing. Some suspected that four dogs who had been roaming in a pack killed the cats. Animal control was attempting to capture the dogs, and local residents were advised to keep their cats indoors.
October 2014/Grove City, Ohio: 10TV.com reported that police were investigating after the remains of four dismembered cats had been found throughout the city. No suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Lillian, Alabama: AL.com reported that at least one cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors died after being attacked by two dogs who had also been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision. Another cat was also apparently attacked by the dogs, and it was not reported whether he or she survived. Both dogs were shot and killed by a responding sheriff’s deputy.
October 2014/Northfield, Vermont: TheNorthfieldNews.com reported that several cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision and three feral cats whom a citizen had been feeding had “disappeared” in the previous two months. The local police department was seeking information, and suspects included native predators and local youth.
October 2014/Arlington, Virginia: WashingtonPost.com reported that a feral cat who was regularly fed by a resident was found with a critical injury. An animal-control officer reportedly captured the cat, who had to be euthanized because of the severity of his or her injury.
October 2014/Orange City, Florida: News-JournalOnline.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision returned home injured. The cat’s owner believed that his neighbor might have injured the animal because a cat he had previously owned and allowed to roam outdoors was shot by the neighbor and found dead in a nearby sewer drain. No additional information on the cat’s condition was reported.
October 2014/Bayonne, New Jersey: HudsonReporter.com reported that a resident found an apparently homeless cat whose tail had been burned so badly that it was almost severed. The resident planned to seek veterinary care for the cat “soon” and reported the incident to law enforcement. No additional information about the cat was given.
October 2014/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: NBCPhiladelphia.com reported that animal-control officers worked for approximately two hours to free a cat who had become trapped in a car engine. The animal, who was apparently homeless, was reportedly discovered after the car’s driver had trouble steering the vehicle. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where he was treated for severe burns and “a gaping hole in his back.” The animal was recovering and was expected to be put up for adoption.
October 2014/Palmetto Bay, Florida: NBCMiami.com reported that police were investigating the deaths of two cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision. One of the cats was reportedly found dead, but no cause of death was determined. The other was found dead with an arrow in her back. No suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Wichita, Kansas: WIBW.com reported that police were investigating after a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot to death. A neighbor was suspected as the shooter, but no arrests had been made.
October 2014/DeKalb, Illinois: Daily-Chronicle.com reported that two cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision were both badly injured within one week of each other. One was found with a metal blow dart lodged deeply in his nose, penetrating the bone. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where the dart was surgically removed, and the cat was reportedly recovering. The other cat, who had been shot with an arrow, was reportedly unsocial and couldn’t be captured when police tried to rescue the animal. The cat had not been seen since the rescue effort. Because of a lack of evidence, the local police department had reportedly closed both cases.
October 2014/Pittston, Pennsylvania: PAHomePage.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found in his owner’s yard badly injured after being shot. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital where the treating veterinarian reported that the animal “couldn’t breathe” and “[h]is esophagus had a hole in it and his lung was punctured and he lost lots of blood.” The cat underwent surgery and was expected to survive. A reward was being offered for information about the shooting, but no suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Bangor, Maine: BangorDailyNews.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found with a blow dart lodged in her hindquarters. The cat was reportedly recovering, and police were seeking information. No suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Virginia Beach, Virginia: WAVY.com reported that a cat with a broken leg who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was discovered hiding in a boat. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where an X-ray revealed that the leg had been broken when the animal was shot with a BB or pellet gun. The cat was treated and was recovering. The local animal control department was investigating, but no suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Roseville, California: FOX40.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found hanging dead from a picket fence with a belt wrapped around her neck. A reward was being offered for information on the case, but no suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Post-Gazette.com reported that a cat who was allegedly cared for by local residents was severely mauled by two dogs. The cat was rushed to a veterinarian and was apparently stabilized after a 90-minute surgery. Reportedly, the animal was given “heavy-duty pain meds” and was facing a months-long recovery.
October 2014/Chester, West Virginia: WTRF.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found with an arrow protruding from his or her head. A veterinarian was able to remove the arrow, and the cat was reportedly recovering. The local sheriff’s office was investigating the incident, but no suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Pipe Creek, Texas: BanderaBulletin.com reported that an apparently homeless cat was recovering at an animal shelter after being shot by an arrow that reportedly went through his nose, mouth, and neck. Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call animal control, but there were no suspects in the case.
October 2014/Worcester, Massachusetts: NECN.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot in the ear with an arrow. The animal was reportedly found by an animal control officer in the woods tangled in brush. The officer removed the arrow, and the owner took the cat to a veterinary hospital. The animal was expected to recover. Police were investigating, but no suspects had been identified.
October 2014/Asheville, North Carolina: WLOS.com reported that two cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision had to be euthanized after experiencing kidney failure from suspected poisoning. One of the cats tested positive for ethylene glycol poisoning. A third cat reportedly “vanished” and was still missing. Animal control had been notified, but no suspects were identified.
October 2014/Cleveland, Ohio: WKYC.com reported that a cat who was apparently allowed to roam outdoors without supervision appeared to have been choked and violently thrown by a juvenile. In a video of the incident, the youth claimed that the cat had eaten his dog’s food. Police were investigating, and the cat, who had been found by workers at a local animal shelter, was taken into the shelter’s custody.
October 2014/Cleveland, Tennessee: WRCBTV.com reported that an 8-week-old kitten who was apparently homeless sustained burns over 90 percent of her body and required the amputation of one of her legs after being intentionally set on fire. Police were investigating, and a reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. A “group of young males” was suspected. The kitten was being treated at a veterinary hospital, and the treating veterinarian planned to adopt her.
October 2014/Mansfield, Ohio: MansfieldNewsJournal.com reported that a woman told police that a neighbor had shot her cat, who was apparently allowed to roam outdoors without supervision. The animal’s right ear was reportedly injured in the shooting. No additional details were reported.
October 2014/Massillon, Ohio: CantonRep.com reported that a kitten who was apparently homeless and roaming a neighborhood was taken to a local veterinary hospital after being found seriously injured, “missing his tail and skin from around the tail area and up to his pelvis.” The treating veterinarian reportedly stated that she couldn’t tell what had caused the injury or whether it was intentional and believed that the 7- to 8-week-old kitten might have been hit by a car. The kitten was reportedly recovering. Police were investigating accusations that the kitten had been intentionally harmed.
September 2014/Fort Myers, Florida: NBC-2.com reported that an unspecified number of cats had been found lying dead on residents’ front lawns in one neighborhood. The causes of the animals’ deaths were undetermined, but dogs and poisoning were being considered by some residents.
September 2014/Bend, Oregon: KTVZ.com reported that several cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision were missing from a neighborhood and that the remains of two dead cats had been found in the community. The owner of one of the animals believed that coyotes were killing the area’s domestic cats, but it was not confirmed. It was not reported whether police were investigating.
September 2014/Fairfield, Connecticut: CTPost.com reported that police were investigating the shooting of a cat, who was described as “primarily ‘an outdoor cat.'” The animal, who was found by a neighbor, had been wounded by a .22-caliber bullet. The neighbor reportedly took the cat to a veterinary hospital, where it was determined that he was paralyzed. No suspects had been identified.
September 2014/Dayton, Ohio: WDTN.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was killed by three dogs. The cat’s owner reported that he witnessed the dogs “biting and pulling” the animal. The badly injured cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where he or she died. Police were reportedly investigating the incident.
September 2014/Monroe Township, Ohio: DaytonDailyNews.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot through the neck with an arrow by a neighbor who was reportedly practicing target shooting. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where the arrow was removed, and he was reportedly recovering.
September 2014/Marion County, Florida: Ocala.com reported that a woman was sentenced to probation and ordered to make a $500 contribution to an animal shelter and complete 25 hours of community service after pleading guilty to cruelty to animals. The charge was reportedly filed after the woman shot a neighbor’s cat twice with a pellet gun. The police spoke with the woman’s son, and according to the news report, she “told him she had shot something and it could still be alive.” The son claimed that he had found the cat severely injured and had killed and buried the animal. The report states that the woman had been “having problems with cats getting into her garbage.”
September 2014/Cortland County, New York: CNYCntral.com reported that two cats who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision were badly injured after being shot with a .22-caliber rifle or high-powered pellet gun. One cat had apparently been shot in the face, and the other had been shot in the leg, which had to be amputated. A reward was being offered for information in the case.
September 2014/Galva, Illinois: GalvaNews.com reported that a man had been arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly shooting a cat with an archery arrow. The animal apparently had severe wounds and had to be euthanized. The accused was incarcerated at the time of the news report.
September 2014/Reeds Spring, Missouri: News-Leader.com reported that residents of a trailer park had found letters in their mailboxes asking them to leave out bowls of antifreeze to kill homeless and roaming cats in the community. The trailer park’s manager reportedly told the news outlet that there has been an ongoing dispute between residents who feed the cats and those who consider them a nuisance. One resident reported that there were “dead cats everywhere,” on the property, and a News-Leader.com photographer reportedly saw a dead, burned cat there when covering the story. The local sheriff’s department and humane society were reportedly investigating.
September 2014/Pascagoula, Mississippi: SunHerald.com reported that the remains of two cats, whose owner referred to them “outdoor cats,” had been found strewn across a neighbor’s property. It was believed that coyotes attacked and killed the animals.
September 2014/Salem, Oregon: StatesmanJournal.com reported that a homeless kitten had been shot twice in the head with a BB gun and that the pellets remained lodged near the animal’s eye and nose. The kitten was reportedly too small to survive surgery to remove the pellets and was being kept on pain medication at an area animal organization. There were reportedly no suspects in the case, and it wasn’t reported if law enforcement was investigating.
September 2014/El Paso, Texas: KVIA.com reported that a cat’s head and two of the animal’s legs had been found placed in a street and a veterinary examination revealed that the cuts “were fairly precise,” suggesting that the animal may have been the victim of human cruelty. The local Animal Services Department was asking people to contact it with information about the incident. No suspects had been identified.
September 2014/Murray, Utah: KSL.com reported that a man was charged with five felony counts of cruelty to animals for allegedly capturing stray kittens using sticky glue boards. Two kittens who were caught on the boards had been reportedly placed in a garbage can where a neighbor found them after hearing their cries. A police officer reportedly found three more kittens trapped on a glue board in a carport area “meowing loudly” and allegedly wrote in a report that one of them appeared to have had a broken leg and another appeared to have had his or her mouth glued shut on the board. According to the news report, the accused told officers that “he thought there was a feral cat problem in the area and he was trying to take care of it.”
September 2014/Quincy, Illinois: WGEM.com reported that a feral cat had been found in an alley with an arrow through his shoulders. An animal control officer used a blanket to capture the cat and reported that the animal “kept trying to run away and getting obstructed because … [he] would run for about five to six feet and then get tangled up.” The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where euthanasia was being considered for reasons of mercy. No suspects had been identified, and officials were hoping a witness would come forward.
September 2014/Antioch, California: AntiochHerald.com reported that the president of a nonprofit group involved in trapping, neutering, and reabandoning cats in the community attended a city council meeting during which she reportedly “decried the discovery of a cat that had been severely burned and had to be euthanized.” No further information was reported.
September 2014/Jacksonville, Florida: News4Jax.com reported that a cat who had been allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found doused in lighter fluid and burned to death outside her home. Police were reportedly investigating, and a reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. No suspects had been identified.
September 2014/Dallas, Texas: The Dallas–Fort Worth affiliate of CBS reported that a reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for impaling two cats through their hind legs on the spikes of a metal fence surrounding an apartment complex. One of the cats had to be euthanized because of the severity of his or her injuries, and the other escaped while officials worked to remove the animals from the fence. Police had a description of a possible suspect who had not been identified.
September 2014/West Jefferson, Ohio: Madison-Press.com reported that a police officer responding to a 911 call reportedly found a badly burned cat huddled under a resident’s porch. The cat sustained burns over most of his body, and his face was reportedly the most affected—his whiskers were burned off, he’ll likely lose the tips of both ears, and his nose was badly damaged. The officer reportedly believed that an accelerant was used to burn the cat. An investigation was undertaken, and no suspects had been identified.
September 2014/Guttenberg, New Jersey: NJ.com reported that a dog escaped from the yard in which he was confined and killed a cat who was apparently homeless. The dog was quarantined at home, and the owner was cited for failing to leash and license the animal. The cat’s remains were reportedly taken to a crematorium.
September 2014/Saginaw, Michigan: MLive.com reported that an injured cat had been found in a resident’s yard with an arrow protruding from his back. Animal control officers rescued the cat, and an examining veterinarian reportedly determined that the animal had been shot at least a few days prior to being found. The wound had reportedly become infected, and the cat was mercifully euthanized. No suspects had been identified, and anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Saginaw County Animal Care Center.
September 2014/Indianapolis, Indiana: IndyStar.com reported that a man had been charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly killing a cat who had been roaming outdoors unsupervised by shooting him with at least 10 blow darts—striking him in the colon, back, and genitals. The cat was found alive by his owner but died later at a veterinary hospital. An investigation was reportedly undertaken into the conditions of a cat and two dogs who were still in the custody of the alleged shooter.
September 2014/Wilmington, North Carolina: WWAYTV3.com reported that two cats had been found dismembered in a Wilmington neighborhood. Most recently, an “almost surgically” cut half of a cat was found on a resident’s front lawn. Police were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
September 2014/Houston, Texas: HoustonPress.com reported that a cat who had been allowed outdoors to roam unsupervised was found dismembered on the front lawn of his home. Other cats have reportedly been found killed in a similar way in the neighborhood. Police were reportedly investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
September 2014/Salisbury, North Carolina: SalisburyPost.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was killed by coyotes. A neighbor who witnessed the attack reportedly saw the coyotes corral and kill the cat and stated that they were taking turns grabbing the cat with their mouths and shaking the animal.
September 2014/Greene County, Pennsylvania: WPXI.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised was shot at close range, evidently by a handgun, breaking both of the animal’s front legs. The cat was in intensive care at a veterinary hospital. Police were reportedly investigating and had surveillance video footage of the incident.
September 2014/Wilmington Island, Georgia: WTOC.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot with pointed metal BB-type pellets while allegedly sunning himself on someone’s car. After being shot, the cat reportedly dragged himself across a parking lot and hid in the bushes under a neighboring home, where he was found. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, and X-rays showed that the animal had been shot twice and had bullets lodged near his spine. Removing the bullets would reportedly do more harm than good, and the cat’s recovery was uncertain. No suspects had been identified in the case.
September 2014/Columbia, South Carolina: WLTX.com reported that a man was charged for his reported involvement in shooting an opossum and a cat and then throwing the animals’ bodies into a garbage can. The animals were reportedly found dead and had wounds consistent with being shot by a pellet gun.
September 2014/Bainbridge Island, Washington: BainbridgeReview.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot with a pellet gun. The cat’s right front leg was reportedly shattered, requiring major surgery. The cat was supposedly recovering, and a police report was filed.
September 2014/Gorham, Maine: PressHerald.com reported that a homeless cat was shot by authorities after an attack on a local child. The cat, who reportedly had a limp before being shot, eluded capture for four days after being shot in the front leg or legs with a 16-gauge shotgun. The animal was being treated at a veterinary hospital, and the shooting was being investigated.
September 2014/Houston, Texas: Blog.Chron.com reported that a reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who burned a mother cat and her kittens. The animals were found at an apartment complex with major burns on their bodies. The cats were receiving medical treatment, and authorities were investigating.
September 2014/Palo Alto, California: NBCBayArea.com reported that the Palo Alto Animal Services Department had found approximately 10 cats who were killed by coyotes in the community recently. An animal control officer reportedly told MercuryNews.com that, over the past month, he’s picked up an injured cat almost every day. Cat owners were being asked to keep their cats indoors.
August 2014/Pleasant Hill, California: ContraCostaTimes.com reported that police received a report of a cat who was shot multiple times with a BB gun. No additional information was given.
August 2014/Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: PostAndCourier.com reported that a cat who was left outdoors to roam was found dead and partially eaten in a neighborhood yard. A coyote attack was suspected.
August 2014/Hughesville, Pennsylvania: MuncyLuminary.com reported that a man was charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly shooting a cat who roamed the neighborhood and then placing the animal in a plastic bag, which he then stomped on. The man reportedly admitted to shooting the cat and said that he did so because the animal had urinated on his wood pellets. A court date was reportedly set.
August 2014/Austin, Texas: KEYETV.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found one morning in a neighbor’s yard with a steel-jaw trap clamped onto his rear leg. The cat reportedly received veterinary care and lost three toes because of an infection in his foot. He was expected to survive, and a suspect was facing a cruelty-to-animals charge.
August 2014/Springdale, Utah: StGeorgeUtah.com reported that a reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the mutilation of a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision. The cat was reportedly found on his owner’s property severed in half, and his heart and lungs had been removed.
August 2014/Graves County, Kentucky: KFVS12.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam unsupervised was shot by a neighbor and died. According to the report, the cat’s owner made the shooter bury the cat. The shooter was also accused of attacking an unsupervised dog and breaking the animal’s ribs. He was charged with cruelty to animals for the incidents.
August 2014/Rutland, Vermont: MyChamplainValley.com reported that multiple cats had been found dead and dismembered in the community and that animal control officials were urging residents to keep their cats indoors for their safety. Police reportedly weren’t sure if the dead cats had been killed by a person or persons or other animals.
August 2014/Akron, Ohio: DigitalJournal.com reported that a man who pleaded guilty to kicking a stray cat while another individual videotaped the incident had failed to show up to his sentencing hearing, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. According to the report, the videotaped incident shows the defendant kicking a roaming cat approximately 3 feet into the air, after which the cat landed and ran away. It was not reported whether the cat was retrieved or received veterinary care.
August 2014/Duryea, Pennsylvania: TimesLeader.com reported that a cat who was allowed outdoors without supervision was shot in the back of the leg. After major surgery, the cat was recovering. Police asked for anyone with information about the shooting to contact the department.
August 2014/Fayette County, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh.CBSLocal.com reported that a cat who was roaming outdoors unsupervised was shot with an arrow. The animal underwent surgery to have the arrow removed, and police were asking anyone with information to contact them. No further information was available on the cat’s condition. No suspects were identified.
August 2014/Queens, New York: NYDailyNews.com reported that a homeless cat, who was part of a frequently fed group of strays, was found dead and surrounded by men, who were reportedly “laughing and dancing” around the animal’s body. The cat reportedly appeared to have a crushed rib cage, and parts of his body had embedded pieces of cement. Police closed the investigation because of a lack of evidence.
August 2014/College Park, Florida: MyNews13.com reported that cats who were allowed to roam unsupervised in the community had been found dead. It was suspected that coyotes were preying on the unattended animals.
August 2014/Belleville, Illinois: Fox13Now.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot in the face with an arrow. A veterinarian was able to remove the arrow, and the cat was reportedly recovering. Police were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
August 2014/Franklinton, Ohio: MyFox28Columbus.com reported that an apparently homeless cat was shot 16 times with BBs and pellets. A Good Samaritan found the cat limping and thought the cat had been hit by a car because one of her legs was “in bad shape.” The kind person took the animal to a veterinary hospital, where X-rays revealed that the cat had been shot with BBs and pellets. The cat was under treatment and expected to recover. It was not reported whether a police investigation had been undertaken.
August 2014/Warwick, Rhode Island: WPRI.com reported that a man was arrested and charged with maliciously killing an animal after shooting a neighbor’s cat who’d wandered onto his property, resulting in the cat’s eventual death. The cat’s owner reported that before the animal died, he was howling, panting, and gasping for air.
August 2014/Portsmouth, Ohio: Portsmouth-DailyTimes.com reported that a homeless cat who’d been fed regularly by a local woman was found on the woman’s porch with an arrow through his ear canal and the back of his neck. The cat was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital, where the arrow was removed and the cat was being treated. The attending veterinarian told the news outlet that “[s]ince we are a 24-hour facility we see this unfortunately quite a bit.” It was unclear whether authorities had been notified.
July 2014/Lancaster, Ohio: LancasterEagleGazette.com reported that a man was accused of shooting two cats in a trailer park. One of the cats reportedly died, and the other sustained life-threatening injuries. Another cat had reportedly been found dead from apparent gunshot wounds days earlier. The man was arraigned in municipal court. No updates were included in the report in regards to the injured cat.
July 2014/Troy, Michigan: MacombDaily.com reported that a kitten was found sitting on a sidewalk in the rain. A Good Samaritan found the cat and thought he’d been attacked because he was “covered in mucus.” She brought the kitten to a veterinarian, where the animal was being treated for an upper respiratory infection, dehydration, and low glucose levels. The person who rescued the animal reportedly told the outlet that “[t]here are many more sickly cats, some covered in blood,” near the site where the kitten was found. The local animal control department was reportedly investigating.
July 2014/Laramie, Wyoming: LaramieBoomerang.com posted a letter to the editor reporting that a number of cats being fed by a group of people who reportedly had them spayed and neutered had been disappearing. It was not reported whether any of the remaining cats were being moved for their safety.
July 2014/Newport News, Virginia: WVEC.com reported that a man was arrested after video surveillance footage captured him allowing a pit bull he was walking on a chain to maul a cat to death. The attack on the cat reportedly lasted for several minutes, and when the cat was apparently dead, the man and dog walked away.
July 2014/Bowdoinham, Maine: WCSH6.com reported that a cat was shot to death with a .22-caliber bullet after being allowed outdoors to roam unsupervised. The sheriff’s department was investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
July 2014/Beulah, Michigan: UpNorthLive.com reported that a feral cat and a family’s dog both died after eating cat food that was potentially poisoned and placed in the community. The county sheriff’s office was reportedly investigating and suspects that someone poisoned the food in order to kill off feral cats in the area. The family of the dog who died was caring for kittens who were abandoned when their mother died from the suspected poison. No suspects had been identified.
July 2014/Universal City, Texas: NYDailyNews.com reported that two cats who were outdoors without supervision were found killed and mutilated. Police were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
July 2014/Richford, New York: PressConnects.com reported that a man was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals after a neighbor reported witnessing him kill another neighbor’s cat by stomping on the animal’s head five or six times before throwing the cat’s body into a creek. The suspect reportedly didn’t want stray cats in the area.
July 2014/Jefferson, Wisconsin: DailyUnion.com reported that a cat who was undergoing veterinary treatment after having been shot through the shoulder with an arrow was going home to recover but was still in “very bad shape.” The cat had been outdoors without supervision when attacked. The local police department was investigating the incident, and no suspects had been identified.
July 2014/Baltimore, Maryland: Examiner.com reported that Baltimore’s animal control department was investigating the cause of death of a cat who was found near a dumpster where other cats in a so-called “managed colony” had also been found cruelly killed. More cats had reportedly “disappeared” from the area. Two of the dead cats were found with severe head injuries. No suspects had been identified, and no efforts to remove any remaining cats from the area were reported.
July 2014/Lee County, Florida: WINKNews.com reported that a cat found clinging to life on the side of a road had apparently been hit by a car, shot, and stoned before being left for dead. A veterinarian treating the cat, who was taken to the clinic by a Good Samaritan, reportedly told the outlet that “the cat’s rear leg is broken in two places, [she] has a bone infection in her front leg, [she] still has shotgun pellets embedded in her body, [and she] was emaciated and full of parasites when she was found.” It was not reported whether an official investigation had been undertaken.
July 2014/Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania: CentreDaily.com reported that a 15-year-old boy was charged with cruelty to animals based on allegations that in June, he shot and killed a cat who was outdoors without supervision. The cat was reportedly shot with a bow and arrow and then crawled under a nearby house, where he or she became tangled in wires and died sometime during a 12-hour period.
July 2014/Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Fox44.com reported that a cat allowed outdoors to roam unsupervised was found dismembered in a neighbor’s yard. No evidence other than half of the cat’s body was found. An investigation was undertaken, and no suspects had been identified.
June 2014/Washington Township, Pennsylvania: PennLive.com reported that at least two cats who were outdoors without supervision were shot. A witness reported that one of the cats may have been shot from a moving car. The cats’ conditions were not reported. Both incidents were reportedly under investigation.
June 2014/Mansfield, Pennsylvania: The Free Press-Courier reported that a cat allowed outdoors unsupervised was shot with a BB gun and later died from the injuries. The case was reportedly under investigation, and no suspects had been identified.
June 2014/Epping, Maine: SeaCoastOnline.com reported that a cat outdoors without supervision was shot through the hindquarters, which broke her pelvis in several places and caused extensive nerve damage, according to an examining veterinarian. The cat apparently dragged her body along the road and into a neighbor’s yard, where her owner found her crying and unable to move. The cat reportedly died at a veterinary hospital. A reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest in the shooting. No suspects had been identified.
June 2014/Fort Thomas, Kentucky: WLWT.com reported that a family cat outdoors without supervision was found dead in nearby woods, apparently shot in the chest. Police were reportedly investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
June 2014/Martinsville, Indiana: WISHTV.com reported that approximately 30 cats identified as “strays or outside cats” had been found dead in the community, most of them apparently after having been “stomped to death.” Police were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
June 2014/Buckeye Lake, Ohio: 10TV.com reported that approximately nine cats had died of unknown causes at a mobile-home community. Poisoning or disease was suspected. One witness explained that before dying, the animals “were in extreme pain.” “There was nothing you could do,” a resident said. “They were writhing in pain.” It was not reported whether a police investigation had been undertaken.
June 2014/Fayetteville, Arkansas: 5NewsOnline.com reported that a cat outdoors without supervision was found on his or her porch impaled through the abdomen with an arrow. The cat was rushed to a veterinary hospital, where emergency surgery was performed to remove the arrow and treat the wounds. The animal was recovering at home. Police were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
June 2014/Posey County, Indiana: A woman who had been feeding feral cats in her neighborhood told 14News.com that approximately 10 cats had been found dead in the area in one week. She said that dead cats had been found on a neighbor’s porch numerous times. Poison was suspected, but there was reportedly no evidence of it.
June 2014/Albany, Georgia: WALB.com reported that police were investigating the deaths of at least seven cats who were reportedly part of a “managed colony” and were suspected to have been poisoned. A woman who regularly fed the cats told the outlet that she had found some cats dead and others dying when she arrived at the location one day. No suspects had been identified. There was no report that the remaining 40-plus cats fed at the site had been removed for their safety.
May 2014/Toledo, Ohio: ToledoBlade.com reported that a cat who was trapped in an area where strays are fed was found to have a badly broken front leg that had healed incorrectly and become infected. Another homeless cat captured by a Good Samaritan in the community had reportedly been shot and was dragging a front leg. Both cats were brought to Planned Pethood, Inc., where they received veterinary treatment, which included a leg amputation, and were put up for adoption.
May 2014/Sulphur, Louisiana: KPLCTV.com reported that a homeless cat who reportedly “belonged to the neighborhood” was found struggling inside a garbage bag smelling strongly of bleach. According to animal control investigators, the cat was euthanized and it was confirmed that he had bleach in his lungs and had apparently been drowned or suffocated. No suspects had been identified.
May 2014/Stanford, California: StanfordDaily.com reported that a local cat who “perpetually” roamed the Stanford University grounds was hit and killed by a car on the campus.
May 2014/Havana, Illinois: PJStar.com reported that a man was charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly killing a neighborhood cat by shooting the animal with a crossbow.
May 2014/Paterson, New Jersey: NorthJersey.com reported that police were considering bringing cruelty-to-animals charges against a group of up to six boys ages 8 through 10 who were accused of killing a cat with large rocks and bricks in an alley. Two older children intervened and reported the incident. The cat’s injuries were so severe that he required euthanasia approximately one week after the attack.
May 2014/Stockton, California: RecordNet.com reported that a cat was taken to the local animal shelter with an arrow protruding from her head. The arrow had reportedly “just missed an eye, her jugular and her brain” and had apparently been embedded in her head for several days before her rescue. The cat recovered and was put up for adoption. There was no report that a police investigation had been undertaken.
May 2014/Chesterfield County, Virginia: WTVR.com reported that in 10 days, approximately 25 cats had been abandoned at the site of a “managed colony” of homeless cats who were being fed behind some stores in the community. Ten kittens were reportedly left in a rubber bin with holes punched in it and a note written on top that read, “I’m pour [sic]. Can you ladys [sic] please please help these babys [sic]?”
May 2014/Lorain, Ohio:The Chronicle-Telegram reported that a cat left outdoors to roam was found on her owner’s porch apparently beaten or strangled to death. Her body was reportedly left with a pink rose and a note that said, “Don’t (expletive) with me. Sorry for your cat.” Police were investigating, and an 18-year-old man was a suspect.
May 2014/St. Paul, Minnesota: TwinCities.com reported that a man threw a cat “as far as he could,” causing the animal to land on a roof, fall to the ground, and die from his or her injuries. A witness told police that the cat was heard “mewing in agony” before dying. The suspect told police that the cat was a stray who had come into his apartment and scared his children. He was charged with cruelty to animals.
May 2014/Kauai, Hawaii: TheGardenIsland.com reported that a reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest in the killings of more than 50 cats across the island in a period of about two months. Witnesses reported seeing cats shot in “sport type” killings from cars. One person who regularly fed cats reported that all seven of the cats she had been feeding suddenly “disappeared.” The local police department said that it hadn’t received the reports, which apparently went to the local humane society and another group that was involved in feeding the cats on the island.
May 2014/Aloha, Oregon: KPTV.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was undergoing surgery after being found limping and bleeding. An X-ray revealed that the cat’s leg was broken and “full of BB pellets.” It was not reported whether authorities were investigating. There were no suspects in the case.
May 2014/Nashville, Tennessee: JRN.com reported that a Good Samaritan found an injured cat meowing loudly and took him to an animal-protection group. The cat was then transported to a veterinary hospital, where it was determined that he’d been shot in two of his legs. One leg was amputated, and the other was mended using a metal plate and screws. The cat was recovering and expected to be put up for adoption. It was not reported whether the incident was under investigation. No suspects were identified.
May 2014/Manchester, New Hampshire: Firehouse.com reported that a firefighter was bitten by a cat while rescuing the animal, who had become stuck in a tree. Reportedly, the fire department had rescued two or three cats stuck in trees within the past three weeks and the department averages at least six rescues a year.
May 2014/Seattle, Washington: KOMONews.com reported that a cat who had “escaped” from his home was found hanged to death on a neighbor’s fence. A chain link and some string material were reportedly attached to the animal’s neck. A necropsy revealed that the cat had struggled before dying from wounds related to the hanging. A reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. No suspects had been identified.
May 2014/Brooklyn, New York: Philly.com reported that a man was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after allegedly posting a video on social media that showed him luring in a stray cat and then kicking the animal into the air. The cat was reportedly found by local animal-protection advocates and was recovering at a veterinary hospital.
May 2014/Peters Township, Pennsylvania: Observer-Reporter.com reported that a cat who was roaming outdoors without supervision was found limping and taken to a veterinary clinic, where it was determined that the animal had been shot. The cat’s prognosis wasn’t reported. Police were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
May 2014/Fairfield, Ohio: WCPO.com reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was found dead in a neighbor’s yard with three puncture wounds on her side. Police reported that the animal was apparently shot. There were no suspects in the case.
May 2014/Omaha, Nebraska: KETV.com reported that humane society officers responded to a call about a cat found impaled by an arrow. The animal was taken to a veterinary hospital for surgery to have the arrow removed. The cat’s post-surgical condition wasn’t reported. Humane officials were investigating, and no suspects had been identified in the case.
April 2014/Menlo Park, California: MercuryNews.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision returned home limping. The cat’s owner took the animal to a veterinarian, where X-rays were taken. According to the sheriff’s office, the cat’s shoulder was crushed from a gunshot wound and the animal’s left leg needed to be amputated. The cat’s post-surgical condition wasn’t reported. Authorities were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
April 2014/Cedar Springs, Michigan: MLive.com reported that a plea deal was being considered by a man who was accused of killing a cat who had allegedly entered his home and fought with his two dogs. According to Police Chief Roger Parent, the defendant claimed that he threw the cat into the street and then killed the animal by stomping on the cat’s head to end the animal’s misery because the cat was lying in the street “twitching from seizures.” The cat reportedly belonged to a neighbor.
April 2014/Yonkers, New York: Independent.com.mt reported that 25 cats were found dead and hanging from trees in plastic bags in Yonkers. A metal pipe, two shovels, and a baseball bat were found at the scene, and at least some of the cats had been bludgeoned to death. According to CBS New York, there reportedly were disputes in the neighborhood recently between those who enjoy feeding cats on the streets and others who consider roaming cats a nuisance. The case was under investigation, and no suspects had been identified.
April 2014/Kern County, California: 23ABC News reported that maintenance employees at the Tehachapi Unified School District claimed to have been ordered to trap feral cats on school grounds and drown them in a homemade box called the “box of horrors.” A school custodian asked, “If you’re going to take the time to trap these cats, why can’t you call Animal Control to come and pick them up?” The county’s animal control shelter stopped accepting feral cats in June 2013.
April 2014/Toronto, Canada: The Toronto Sun reported that more than 20 cats were dead and seven more were missing at two sites where cats were being fed by so-called “caretakers.” At least some of the cats had died after ingesting antifreeze, and it’s believed that the animals were intentionally poisoned. The deaths are under investigation, and no suspects had been identified. The report didn’t indicate that any remaining cats were being trapped for their safety.
April 2014/Chandler, Arizona: AZFamily.com reported that five or six feral cats who were routinely fed by a woman had died from possible poisoning. A number of the cats had reportedly developed symptoms associated with poisoning, “including disorientation and loss of balance,” in recent months. “Their back legs would stop working,” the feeder’s niece said, “and we’d soon find them dead.” There remained “just a handful” of homeless cats in that neighborhood. The report didn’t indicate that any action had been taken to take the remaining cats to safety. An investigation turned up no leads or evidence in the case.
April 2014/Sandpoint, Idaho: The Bonner County Daily Bee reported that a woman who adopted a cat from a local animal shelter and apparently allowed him to roam outdoors without supervision found him crying, wounded, and bleeding outside her back door. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where it was determined that he had been shot with a .22-caliber weapon. The cat was expected to recover after long-term, expensive treatments. A year earlier, another cat in the neighborhood was shot with a .22. That cat’s injuries were so severe that he had to be euthanized. Police were reportedly investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
March 2014/Elko, Nevada: ElkoDaily.com reported that a man was charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly taking a stray cat to a deserted location, stomping on the animal’s tail, and decapitating the animal with a sword. The accused reportedly told police that after decapitating the cat, he cut out one of the animal’s eyes. He reportedly stated that he abused and killed the cat “out of boredom.”
March 2014/Orlando, Florida: WFTV.com reported that six feral cats and one raccoon had died in about one week’s time by what appeared to be poisoning. An eyewitness said that the animals were seen “jerking [and] foaming at the mouth” before dying. A local resident reported that the neighborhood is “loaded with cats” and stated that she believes that other residents were likely taking “matters in their own hands.” The police were investigating, and no suspects had been identified.
March 2014/Montpelier, Vermont: WCAX.com reported that an injured cat found by Good Samaritans outdoors without supervision was taken to a veterinary hospital, where he was diagnosed with a gunshot delivered at point-blank range. The bullet and shrapnel were found in his head—some lodged near his spine. The cat underwent surgery to enable him to chew food and was expected to survive. There was no report of a police investigation or a suspect in the case.
February 2014/New Castle, Colorado: PostIndependent.com reported that the New Castle Police Department had released a statement explaining that a dog and cat from the same neighborhood had died from possible poisoning. Two days after being allowed to roam outdoors without supervision, the cat was taken to a veterinary hospital exhibiting symptoms of poisoning. Despite receiving treatment, the cat had to be euthanized. Several other animals in the neighborhood had also recently become ill.
February 2014/Palm City, Florida: TCPalm.com reported that a shopper found a cat huddled underneath a car in a parking lot and took the animal to a veterinarian. X-rays revealed that the cat had been shot and had buckshot embedded in her body. The shopper took the cat home after the animal received treatment. It was not reported if police were notified.
February 2014/Salamanca, New York: WIVB.com reported that a cat roaming outdoors unsupervised sustained puncture wounds and broken bones after being caught in a steel-jaw trap in a neighborhood where several other animals had also been injured in illegally set traps. The cat was taken to a veterinarian and received treatment that may have required leg amputation. Individuals with information about who may have set the traps were asked to contact the police department. No suspects had been identified.
February 2014/Arlington, Virginia: WJLA.com reported that a Good Samaritan found a roaming, blind cat who was in obvious pain. He was taken to an animal shelter, where a veterinarian removed one of the cat’s eyes and determined that approximately 80 pellets of buckshot couldn’t be removed without causing additional harm. The cat was reportedly receiving care and recovering. An investigation was undertaken, but no suspects had been identified.
February 2014/Long Beach, California: The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that two cats just one block apart had been shot and killed with arrows in a matter of weeks. Both cats were found alive but too injured to survive. One was euthanized, and the other died during surgery to remove the arrow, which had skewered her liver. An investigation was undertaken, and no suspects had been identified.
February 2014/Brooklyn, New York: NY City Lens reported that approximately 60 cats, including many who were being fed in colonies, had “disappeared” from a neighborhood in the past two months. A police inspector explained, “Its [sic] unique because they’re feral cats, they are stray cats by nature so because they don’t belong to a location there is no complainant, no one owns the cats.” An investigation was opened, but a lack of evidence as well as failure on the part of those feeding the cats to take responsibility for them had stymied it.
February 2014/Washington City, Utah: SUIndependent.com reported that a reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot a homeless cat through the face and into her body with an arrow. She was reportedly found by a person who had been feeding her and other cats. The cat was near death, hiding under a bush with an arrow sticking out of her nose. She survived and has a hole in the roof of her mouth and tongue and one in her esophagus that could later form scar tissue and “constrict the esophagus.” A possible suspect had been identified during a police investigation.
February 2014/Woodstock Township, Michigan: The Daily Telegram reported that a man was charged with felony cruelty to animals for allegedly shooting a neighbor’s cat. The cat survived but sustained severe injuries that required the amputation of a rear leg. The man faced a sentence of up to four years of incarceration.
February 2014/Bloomfield, Nebraska: Norfolk Daily News reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot to death in a box trap set by the city police department. The officer who shot the cat was disciplined.
February 2014/Chesterfield County, Virginia: NBC12.com reported that a cat allowed to roam outside alone was found dead and stuffed into the mailbox of the home where he lived. The cause of his death was not immediately clear. Police undertook an investigation, and no suspects had been identified.
February 2014/Centralia, Washington: The Chronicle reported that Centralia police cited a man for allowing his dog to roam at large, after the dog killed a neighbor’s cat, who was also outdoors at the time.
January 2014/Grove City, Ohio: 10TV.com reported that two apparently homeless cats were rescued by a Good Samaritan after being found outdoors in the severe cold. One of the cats died from exposure, and the other lost one of her ears and required surgery on her other ear because of frostbite. The surviving cat was undergoing treatment and was to be available for adoption after a couple of months of recovery.
January 2014/Minot, North Dakota: The Minot Daily News reportedthat a cat believed to be a local feral was found frozen to a rock next to a pond. Police rescuers said that it appeared that the cat had fallen into the pond and when he or she tried to climb out, all four feet quickly froze onto a flat rock next to the water. The temperature at the time was 21 degrees below zero. The responding animal control officer had difficulty finding the cat because the animal was so “frosted” over. “All of its limbs were frozen to a rock and it was kind of dangling into the pond,” she said. “Clearly you could see injuries on its legs where it was struggling trying to rip itself off the rock.” The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, but his or her injuries and exposure to subzero temperatures reportedly proved too much to survive. The pond owner reported that the cat could have been frozen to the rock for as long as three hours before being discovered.
January 2014/Syracuse, New York: Syracuse.com reported that a Syracuse Police Department animal cruelty officer checking on animals who may have been left outside during a cold snap found a dead cat who appeared to be a stray and looked as if he or she had frozen to death midstep and “tipped over.”
January 2014/Ingham County, Michigan: WILX.com reported that the Ingham County Animal Control Department was hiring extra officers to respond to emergency calls over a particularly freezing-cold weekend, including a call about a cat with 3-day-old kittens in an abandoned house without heat. The animal control director reported, “Cats and dogs left outdoors during this bitter cold could be confiscated and their owners cited with animal cruelty. In these bitter and extreme temperatures we will find victims of frostbite and when the snow melts, there will be victims of hypothermia that paid the ultimate price—their life.”
January 2014/Villa Rica, Georgia: WSBTV.com reported that six cats and dogs had died in one neighborhood and that residents believe the animals were poisoned. The deaths were reportedly “sudden and painful.” The manager of the local animal control department said the investigation likely couldn’t move forward unless the killer was caught in the act of placing poison.
January 2014/Houston, Texas: CultureMap.com reported that approximately six cats allowed to roam outdoors without supervision had been found dead and mutilated in a neighborhood where “missing cat” fliers had been posted. It was not known if the cats were killed by humans or other animals. One cat named Caesar was found dead, “picked clean and scattered across a neighbor’s yard.” His head was never located, suggesting to his owner and the cat’s veterinarian that he was likely killed by a large animal capable of crushing and eating a skull, such as a coyote or large dog. The same news report stated that Harris County authorities had seen an increase in animal abuse cases in the previous two weeks, including a roaming and supposedly “stray, sick” cat who was thrown into the air and shot. Another case involved a suspected serial cat killer in another neighborhood where numerous mutilated dead cats had been found.
January 2014/Summerville, South Carolina: The Post and Courier reported that a teen had filmed himself coaxing two cats who were outside roaming without supervision into coming near him, picking them up, and then throwing them approximately 30 feet. The video was posted on social media, and police were notified. The teen was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. It was not reported if the cats were injured or survived.
January 2014/Spartanburg, South Carolina: WAFF.com reported that a cat who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision became stuck inside the engine of a neighbor’s truck. The neighbor drove the truck to a maintenance shop, where animal control officers worked for an hour to release the cat. The animal was uninjured and taken to the city animal shelter.
January 2014/Murfreesboro, Tennessee: WKRN.com reported that a teacher shot her neighbor’s cat, who was allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised, claiming that “she was tired of [the cat] using her children’s sandbox as a litter box.” The cat’s owner transported the animal to a veterinarian, where the animal was euthanized because of the extent of the injuries. The teacher was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.
January 2014/Fawn Township, Pennsylvania: TribLive.com reported that a homeowner called police after a cat was found hanged to death from a tree near the person’s property. The cat had a shoelace tied around his or her legs and another tied around the neck. Police Chief Tim Mayberry said that it was clear that the animal suffered before dying by strangulation. “It was an absolutely sickening sight,” he said. “I’ve been a cop for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.” The case was under investigation, and no suspects had been identified.
January 2014/Jones County, Mississippi: WJTV.com reported that a woman called the Sheriff’s Department after witnessing a man kill a cat with gardening shears. The man told an investigator that the cat was a stray who entered his home after repeatedly trying to get in for several weeks. He also claimed that the cat had made clawing marks on and around his home trying to get indoors. The man stated that he had bludgeoned the cat with a plastic crate and thought he had killed the animal. Later, he noticed that the cat was clinging to life, so he cut the animal with gardening shears to kill him or her. The cat was buried before police arrived, and no charges were filed.
January 2014/Athens, Tennessee: Local8Now.com reported that a man was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after neighbors saw him pick up a stray kitten by the neck and kick the animal “like a football” into the air. A witness who picked up the kitten said that the animal “twitched” three times before dying in her arms. A court date had been set.
January 2014/Horry County, South Carolina: CarolinaLive.com reported that a cat left outdoors without supervision was attacked and killed by a pack of five beagles. Other animals in the neighborhood had reportedly been found dead recently. There was no mention of an investigation.
December 2013/Las Vegas, Nevada: 8NewsNow.com reported that a cat had been outdoors without supervision for approximately 30 minutes when he was shot with a pellet gun, leaving blood stains on the walls of a back patio. The cat’s leg was badly broken and required amputation. Another cat had reportedly been shot in the same neighborhood. No suspects had been identified in the shootings.
December 2013/Gold River, California: News10.net reported that poison had been found in bowls being used to feed unsocialized cats. It was discovered after an anonymous sign had been left at the site that read, “All feral cats will be trapped, shot or poisoned. You like em, take em to your house. They have no place here.” No suspect had been identified. It was reported that law-enforcement officials would be on the lookout for the person or persons responsible.
December 2013/Corpus Christi, Texas: KIII-TV reported that a cat left outdoors without supervision was found covered in hot asphalt. At the time, asphalt was being poured at a neighboring home. The cat, who sustained severe burns, was taken to a veterinary hospital, where his recovery was uncertain. Police were trying to locate the paving company working in the area for questioning and possible charges.
December 2013/Austintown, Ohio: According to Vindy.com, a man told police that his cat returned home with an arrow in his or her leg after being outside for four hours without supervision. The cat received veterinary care and was expected to recover. No suspects were identified, and it wasn’t clear if police would investigate.
December 2013/Darlington County, South Carolina: CarolinaLive.com reported that a cat who was roaming outdoors without supervision was thrown into a fire, escaped, and was found several days later. After enduring a month of hospitalization and medical treatments, the animal died. A 13-year-old boy was a suspect in the case, which was referred to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.
December 2013/Emmett, Idaho: The Messenger Index reported that police officers responded to a call about a badly injured cat who had been roaming outside unsupervised. It was believed that the animal had been shot with a pellet gun. After searching the area for suspects, officers returned to the cat’s home and were told that the animal had died. No suspects were identified.
December 2013/Waldoboro, Maine: The Bangor Daily News reported that a cat died after being shot in the head with a practice arrow. The arrow reportedly entered the cat’s nasal cavity and was protruding from under the animal’s arm. A Good Samaritan found the animal and took him or her to a veterinary hospital, where the animal died during treatment. Police believe the cat was shot intentionally from a close distance. Officers had several leads in the case and expected to make an arrest.
December 2013/Portland, Oregon: KPTV.com reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors without supervision had to have a leg amputated after being shot with a pellet gun. No suspects were identified, and it wasn’t clear if police would investigate.
December 2013/Greenville, South Carolina: WNCT.com reported that after weeks of not being seen by his owners, a cat allowed outside with no supervision was found with a severely injured leg. He was taken to a veterinarian, where it was determined that he had been shot at least once. He required surgery and more than one blood transfusion and was expected to survive. No suspects were identified, and it wasn’t clear if police would investigate.
December 2013/Bennington, Vermont: The Bennington Banner reported that a man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals for throwing a block of wood at a neighbor’s cat, killing the animal. After the killing, he put the animal’s body in an “outdoor wood boiler furnace.”
December 2013/Frederick, Maryland: WFMD.com reported that a cat was shot in the left front leg while roaming outdoors unsupervised. The animal underwent surgery and was expected to recover. A reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. No suspects had been identified.
December 2013/Muncie, Indiana: The Star Press reported that three cats were found dead and decomposing in a garage where a woman admitted to trapping the animals whom she considered a nuisance. They had starved to death, according to the local animal shelter superintendent. “Two of the cats had actually began to eat one of the other cats before they died,” he said. “It’s a horrible act of cruelty.” She was cited with three counts of cruelty to animals. A court date had not been set.
November 2013/Beacon Falls, Connecticut: MyCitizensNews.com reported that a reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual who shot a cat who was roaming outdoors unsupervised. The cat’s owner was unable to pay for needed medical care, so the injured cat was signed over to an animal shelter, where he survived surgery and was put up for adoption. No suspects had been identified.
November 2013/Monroe, New Jersey: The Sentinel reported that a 6- to 8-week-old stray kitten was found trapped in a drainage pipe. Numerous agencies helped to rescue the animal, including Helmetta Animal Control, the East Brunswick Animal Hospital, and the animal control office, the police department, Fire Station 57, and the municipal utility department of Monroe Township.
November 2013/Beacon Falls, Connecticut: The Courant reported that a cat allowed outdoors without supervision was found with a bullet wound on his hip. He was taken to a veterinary office, where he was recovering. A reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible, and no suspects were named.
November 2013/St. Joseph, Missouri: StJoeChannel.com reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot in the head with a bow and arrow. The arrow was removed during an emergency surgery, and the cat was recovering at home late the following day. There were no known suspects in the case.
November 2013/Lakewood, New Jersey: News12.com reported that a cat left outdoors unsupervised was found with an arrow protruding from her side. She was taken to a veterinary hospital, where the arrow was removed. She was recovering, and there were no suspects in the case.
November 2013/Palm City, Florida: TCPalm.com reported that a woman who fed a homeless cat noticed that his health was deteriorating, so she worked to get him trapped and taken to a veterinary hospital. According to the vet, the cat had a bullet lodged near his spine, an ulcerated cornea, an injured paw, and other wounds. He was treated and put up for adoption. No suspects were identified.
November 2013/Norwich, Connecticut: WFSB.com reported that the mayor of Norwich found a cat who had been shot with an arrow through his chest. The animal, who had been missing for two days, was reportedly found impaled and motionless outside the house where he lived. He recovered—although he may have sustained long-term nerve damage—and was returned to his owner. Animal control officials were seeking information in the case.
November 2013/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: MyFoxPhilly.com reported that a reward was being offered for the identification of two male suspects believed to have set a cat on fire. A witness reportedly saw the cat run by in flames and then heard one of the men say, “I put a lot of fluid on it.” A surveillance camera caught the suspects on video. Authorities were appealing to the public for tips, and the cat, who was reported missing several weeks earlier, was being treated for burns.
November 2013/Portsmouth, Maine: SeaCoastOnline.com reported that a cat allowed outdoors without supervision was mauled and killed after wandering into a fenced yard containing two dogs . The dogs were placed under quarantine at their home.
November 2013/Palm City, Florida: CBS12.com reported that a stray cat was found shot, with a bullet lodged in his body. A veterinary hospital removed the bullet and was treating the cat, who was recovering. The local animal control department was investigating but had no suspects in the shooting.
November 2013/Grand Rapids, Michigan: MLive.com reported that a cat was shot to death with a BB gun after an irritated neighbor claimed that he received no assistance from the local animal control department to address a cat who regularly roamed without supervision and was perceived as a nuisance. The local animal shelters that accept cats charge fees to do so. One shelter was reportedly not accepting cats because there was no room at the facility. The shooter was convicted of felony cruelty to animals.
November 2013/Lincoln, Nebraska: The Grand Island Independent reported that a teen admitted to police that he used a hatchet to kill a cat he caught in a trap that he had set to kill squirrels. The teen was cited for cruelty to animals, and formal charges were pending.
November 2013/Hillsboro, Missouri: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a man who killed a neighbor’s cat with a hatchet was sentenced to four years in prison. The cat had reportedly been outside without supervision and wandered onto the man’s property.
November 2013/Salisbury, North Carolina: WCNC.com reported that a cat who was outdoors unsupervised was shot with a bow and arrow. The cat’s owner describes finding her cat in some bushes on the property: “I could see blood coming out of her mouth, and blood coming out of her legs. … [I went] to pick her up and I realized she was impaled by an arrow.” One of two men who had been seen hunting in the area admitted to the crime after a sheriff’s deputy found arrows of the same brand in his possession. The cat had to be euthanized because of blood loss, and the hunter was arrested.
November 2013/Howell Township, New Jersey: New Jersey News 12 reported that a so-called “neighborhood cat” was found “clearly suffering” with an arrow through her chest. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, where she was being treated. Police were investigating, and no suspects were identified.
November 2013/Marshall County, West Virginia: WTOV9.com reported that a man who was upset with his neighbors shot a roaming cat with an air rifle. The cat survived, and the shooter was arrested.
November 2013/Shirley, New York: CBS New York reported that a dead cat was found with blunt force trauma to the head, propped up in the baby seat of an abandoned shopping cart. The Suffolk County SPCA was investigating, and there were no suspects in the case.
November 2013/Great Bend, Kansas: FoxKansas.com reported that a decapitated cat was found under some trees. A $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. No suspects had been identified.
November 2013/Grand Prairie, Texas: The Dallas–Fort Worth affiliate of CBS reported that a teen was arrested after capturing a cat who was outdoors without supervision, hitting the animal approximately 30 times in the head with a hammer, and then eviscerating the feline. The teen admitted to the crime and was released on bond to await trial.
November 2013/McAlester, Oklahoma: The Muskogee Phoenix reported that a man admitted to using a city-owned box trap to trap and kill—or otherwise cruelly dispose of—more than 84 cats, raccoons, and skunks who had wandered onto his property before a neighbor reported him. The neighbor said that she heard “a cat and noises” and then saw the man throw a plastic bag into a trash can. After opening the bag and finding a cat near death, the neighbor called police. The man admitted to bludgeoning the cat in the head with a hammer. Police shot the animal at the scene because of the severity of the injuries. The man was arrested and received a deferred sentence and a $10 fine.
November 2013/Villa Rica, Georgia: The Times-Georgian reported that a cat who was on his or her front porch was attacked by two neighborhood dogs who had escaped from their home. In an attempt to stop the attack, the cat’s owner shot one of the dogs, who later required the amputation of a leg but survived and was recovering at home. The cat was taken to a veterinarian and euthanized. No charges were filed in the case.
November 2013/Princeton, Indiana: The Princeton Daily Clarion reported that a homeless kitten who had been shot in the face with buckshot from a shotgun was found wandering emaciated and unable to eat with a hole in his head and shattered sinuses. A Good Samaritan took the kitten to a veterinary hospital, where he underwent surgeries. A veterinary technician told the Clarion that the kitten began sneezing constantly after the surgeries as his sinuses struggled to heal. But “he’s not sneezing as much since the hole on the top of his head has healed,” the tech said, “but the one on his nose, we’re going to have [to] re-suture that.” The cat survived. It was not reported if the police were investigating.
October 2013/St. Louis County, Minnesota: NorthlandsNewsCenter.com reported that a cat who had been hit by a car and was left dying in the middle of the road was rescued by a county sheriff’s deputy. The officer moved him to the side of the road and found that he was still warm and breathing but essentially unconscious. The cat was taken to an animal shelter, where he recovered and was put up for adoption.
October 2013/Panama City Beach, Florida: The News Herald reported that more mutilated remains of cats were being found in the community. For the third time, cats’ remains were discovered in the area—this time a cat’s severed head was found in the middle of a street. Neighbors reported that there have been many similar incidents that were not reported to police. It was unclear if the cats were being killed by humans or other predators. An investigation continued.
October 2013/Chandler, Oklahoma: KRMG.com reported that four of six boys between the ages of 7 and 12 were arrested in an extreme case of cruelty to animals captured on video surveillance in mid-October. The video reportedly shows the children abusing a stray kitten “in several ways” before one of them holds the animal over his head and “slams” him or her onto the ground. The kitten then, evidently motionless, is tossed over a fence into a swimming pool. During the attack, the terrified kitten can be seen repeatedly trying to escape, only to be subjected to more torture. The arrested boys face charges of cruelty to animals. The cat did not survive.
October 2013/Port Orchard, Washington: Q13Fox.com reported that a cat was found “bound in duct tape, soaked in a flammable liquid, and burned” in a resident’s flower bed. She was taken to a veterinary hospital, where she was receiving treatment. An investigation was undertaken, and no suspects had been identified.
October 2013/Las Cruces, New Mexico: The El Paso Times reported that a cat allowed to roam outside without supervision was set on fire in an apartment complex. Laughter was heard before neighbors saw the cat in flames. They sprayed the burning animal with water and called animal control. An officer took the cat to a veterinary hospital, where she had to be euthanized because of the severity of her injuries. A reward was being offered for information about this crime, and no suspects had been identified.
October 2013/Arlington, Virginia: The Arlington edition of Patch.com reported that an Arlington animal control officer was dispatched to rescue a cat who was left outside without supervision and who had become trapped in a sewer pipe in the middle of a street. The cat was reportedly “screaming wildly in distress,” and it was pouring rain. A manhole cover was removed, and the cat was rescued. His owner retrieved him from the animal shelter the next day.
October 2013/Alexandria, Virginia: The DelRay edition of Patch.com reported that a stray kitten became trapped under the fender of a rental car. An animal control officer believed the cat had been trapped while the car was driven “some distance.” Fire department personnel were called to remove the fender of the car, after which the traumatized kitten bolted in fear. The animal was captured in a box trap and taken to the local open-admission animal shelter.
October 2013/New Canaan, Connecticut: The New Canaan edition of Patch.com reported that the cleanly severed head of a cat was found near the end of a neighborhood driveway and a similarly mutilated bird’s head was found on a porch in a local neighborhood. The lacerations were considered too precise to have been caused by an animal. The cat may have been a local woman’s companion who was allowed outdoors to roam without supervision. Police were asking the community to call in with tips about the deaths.
October 2013/Allen County, Indiana: The News-Sentinel reported that a man was convicted of Class D felony cruelty to animals after kicking a stray cat who had gotten into his home. After kicking the cat “hard several times,” the abuser called animal control for assistance in removing the animal from his home. An animal control officer reportedly testified that upon arriving at the home, he or she found the cat, whose “head was wobbling and [whose] eyes were rolling back and forth.” The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital. A veterinarian who examined the animal found that a canine tooth had been knocked out and that the cat had sustained scrapes and other injuries consistent with being kicked more than once. The report didn’t disclose if the animal survived.
October 2013/Allegany County, Maryland: The Washington Post reported that two adults and one juvenile admitted to shooting, with 4-inch-long blow gun darts, at approximately 10 cats roaming outdoors, hitting one of the animals. The two adults were charged with cruelty to animals and attempted cruelty to animals, and the juvenile was turned over to youth crimes authorities. The cat survived the shooting.
October 2013/Union Township, Pennsylvania: The York Daily Record reported that a cat who was outdoors without supervision was shot in the neck with an archery arrow. Police were advised of the incident. It’s not known if the cat survived.
October 2013/Union, South Carolina: FOX Carolina reported that police were investigating the shooting of a cat who was outdoors without supervision. He was found injured and taken to a veterinary hospital, where it was revealed that he had been shot in the spine. His condition was so severe that he was euthanized. No suspects had been identified.
October 2013/Prairieburg, Iowa: The Republic reported that one cat and two dogs died after eating meatballs laced with poison placed purposely in the town. Local ABC affiliate KCRG-TV reported that it was determined that the poison used was strychnine, a painful agent that causes agony before death from suffocation. The case is under investigation, and no suspects have been identified.
October 2013/Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post reported that a $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in fatally crushing the head of a cat who was outdoors without supervision and bludgeoning another cat’s face so badly that he or she had to be euthanized.
October 2013/Queens, New York: Gothamist.com reported that a 12-year-old girl was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, after she and a group of friends coaxed a kitten from a porch where he was outside unsupervised and then threw him into the street, where he was crushed under the wheels of a car. A witness claimed that the girl said, “I would do it again if I could.”
October 2013/Canton, Ohio: CantonRep.com reported that a dog who was repeatedly allowed to roam outside unsupervised killed a cat who was also outdoors without supervision. The dog’s owner was arrested for tampering with evidence after disposing of the dead cat’s body and refusing to divulge the body’s whereabouts and for assaulting neighbors who confronted him about the death.
October 2013/Longmont, Colorado: The Times-Call reported that two men were cited for failing to restrain their dogs, after the animals attacked and killed a cat who was outdoors without supervision.
October 2013/Panama City Beach, Florida: The News Herald reported that a preliminary report on the mutilated remains of a cat found in the community suggests that the animal may have been attacked and dismembered by another animal. The investigation remained open.
October 2013/Fort Mill, South Carolina: The Fort Mill Times reported that a local family was offering a reward for information that resulted in the arrest of the individual who bludgeoned their cat to death while the animal was outside without supervision. The cat’s bloody body was found in the woods near a bloody brick. There were no suspects in the case.
October 2013/Crisfield, Maryland: WBOC.com reported that a stray cat was found “completely drenched in diesel fuel” and another was found cut open from “hip to hip.” The cats were taken to a veterinarian, who recommended euthanasia for the animal doused in fuel because the cat was suffering, had been blinded, couldn’t walk, and was showing evidence of severe neurological damage. The other cat was put on life support. There were no suspects in the case, and a reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
October 2013/Houston, Texas: FOX-26 reported that a $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set a homeless cat on fire, resulting in severe burns on the back, head, and ears. The cat was in stable condition and “facing a lengthy rehabilitation.” There were no suspects in the case.
October 2013/Bath Township, Ohio: The Fairlawn-Bath edition of Patch.com reported that a woman called police to report that while her cat was left outdoors without supervision overnight, someone had shot the animal with a pellet gun. The cat survived, and no suspects were identified.
October 2013/Taunton, Massachusetts: The Taunton Daily Gazette reported that a cat who was allowed outside without supervision returned home terrified and unable to place weight on one of her front paws. X-rays revealed that she had been shot with a pellet gun and the pellet remained lodged behind her shoulder blade. The cat’s leg bone was reportedly completely shattered. Surgery to remove the pellet was successful, and the cat now has two metal pins and a metal plate in her leg. A reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
September 2013/Ithaca, New York: WBNC-12 reported that a 22-year-old homeless man was charged with three felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after an investigation in which he was implicated. The investigation was undertaken after three cats were found dead with ropes around their necks.
September 2013/Palm Desert, California: Local NBC affiliate KMIR-6 reported that two members of a local “rescue group” found a cat who had been shot at the site where the two feed feral cats. Three cats from the colony were found dead and mutilated at the feeding area. One of the cats had been lying there for at least two days, according to someone who works nearby. The station reported, “This area in Palm Desert is known for its feral cats, so for the employees nearby, it’s not unusual to see dead cats lying around.” No suspects were identified.
September 2013/Archbald, Pennsylvania: WNEP-16 reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot with a BB gun. The animal survived surgery to have the BB removed. Police were investigating.
September 2013/Climax, Michigan: The Detroit News reported that from March to September, at least five cats who were outdoors without supervision were beaten, tortured, and/or killed in the small village of Climax. WIN-98.5 reported later that dead and injured cats had been discovered over a few weeks and that one of the cats was skinned after being killed. A group of pre-teens had been identified as the culprits, and a court case was being prepared.
September 2013/Lancaster, Pennsylvania: FOX-43 reported that a stray cat was shot with a hunting arrow, skewering his body but missing vital organs. The treating veterinarian believed that the cat had wandered outdoors for at least a day with the arrow stuck in his body. The arrow was successfully removed, and the cat survived. A reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
September 2013/Watsonville, California: The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that law-enforcement officials were looking for a group of boys who were seen using a shoelace to hang a young stray cat from a tree. An eyewitness scared the group away and rescued the cat, who was uninjured and taken to an open-admission animal shelter.
September 2013/Alton, Illinois: The Telegraph reported that after a violent altercation with his girlfriend, a man used a metal bed frame to bludgeon to death a stray cat who had been hanging around outside the home and being fed by residents. He left the cat’s body in the home for his girlfriend to discover. Among other charges, he’s facing a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
September 2013/Hermitage, Pennsylvania: The Herald reported that a cat who was “occasionally” fed by two neighborhood women was found lying spray-painted orange and extremely ill in the driveway of one of the women. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital but didn’t survive the night. No suspects were identified.
September 2013/Whitestown, New York: The Observer-Dispatch reported that in early July, a kitten in a bag was thrown into a swampy area of a park. His front paws were bound with tape, and one of his rear paws was severely burned. After several thousand dollars in medical bills, the kitten survived. In an incident later that month, a boy was found in the women’s bathroom at the park with a lighter and two kittens in a box, one bound with tape. The boy was arrested and charged with misdemeanor torture of an animal. Both kittens survived, and police do not believe that the incidents are related.
September 2013/Walton County, Florida: The Walton Sun reported that after “an extensive and thorough investigation,” the Walton County Sheriff’s Office determined that charges were not warranted against a homeowner who fatally shot a feral cat. The investigation revealed that over approximately four years, area homeowners had repeatedly asked the “caretaker” of a feral cat colony in the neighborhood to stop practicing his hobby in the area because the cats were considered a nuisance and had caused costly damage to properties. After repeated failed attempts to resolve the situation humanely, the property owner took matters into his own hands, fatally shooting the cat. After the shooting, other cats in the colony were captured and housed at a veterinary hospital, pending the location of a “sanctuary” for them.
September 2013/Deerfield Beach, Florida: The Sun Sentinel reported that while attempting to rescue a stray cat who was running across a busy roadway, a man was hit by a car, which then hit another vehicle. The cat and driver of one of the vehicles died, and the original rescuer was in critical condition.
September 2013/Lynn Haven, Florida: Local NBC affiliate WJHG-TV reported that at least three cats who were allowed to roam outside without supervision had been attacked by coyotes in a neighborhood where cats are commonly seen roaming. One cat’s injuries were so severe that the animal had to be euthanized, and the other two were found dead. Additional neighborhood cats were suspected to have gone missing. Concentrations of roaming cats attract coyotes into urban areas.
September 2013/Washougal, Washington: The Oregonian reported that three or four teenagers in an SUV were seen speeding up and driving onto a curb in order to hit a cat left outdoors with no supervision. The vehicle was then seen turning around twice to drive by, allowing the teens to watch as the cat lay dying in a yard. The animal apparently did die, and police were looking for suspects.
September 2013/Redondo Beach, California: Easy Reader News reported that a resident witnessed two coyotes kill a roaming cat in his yard. Another cat was reportedly attacked before police chased the coyotes away. Citizens were urged to keep cats indoors and not leave food for animals outside.
September 2013/Panama City Beach, Florida: The News Herald reported that the local sheriff’s department charged a man with cruelty to animals in response to allegations that he cage-trapped cats, terrified them by banging on the cage with a piece of wood, and violently sprayed them with a high-velocity hose.
September 2013/Seattle, Washington: CapitolHillSeattle.com printed a letter to the editor by a citizen who witnessed a cat hit by a car. The car didn’t stop, but the driver apparently looked in the rear-view mirror and was aware of the incident. The cat died, and there was no report of an investigation.
September 2013/Sunbury, Ohio: NBC4i.com reported that a woman came home to find her unsupervised cat lying next to her driveway, badly injured. She thought that the cat had been hit by a car, but a veterinary examination revealed that the animal had been shot with a pellet gun, damaging a vertebra. The injuries were so serious that the veterinarian euthanized the cat.
September 2013/Clifton Park, New York: Fox 23 reported that a Clifton Park man was so frustrated that “no one was listening to his complaints” about a neighbor whose cats were allowed to defecate on his lawn that he placed poison-laced tuna in the area. It’s unknown if any cats were sickened or killed by the poison, but another neighbor’s dog, who found and ate the poisoned tuna, needed emergency medical treatment. The dog survived, and the man was charged with a misdemeanor.
September 2013/Waterville, New York: News Channel 2 reported that police were looking for the person who shot a stray cat through the midsection with a 27-inch arrow. The cat managed to crawl into the hallway of an apartment building, where he was found by a Good Samaritan who took him to a veterinary hospital. A veterinarian was able to remove the arrow, reporting that it took “two hours to repair four holes, and lacerations through his liver and spleen.” The cat survived and was adopted by an employee at the hospital.
September 2013/Freeport, Florida: The Walton Sun reported that two people looking for a missing feral cat they called “Momma Cat” heard a gunshot that led them to a man with a gun who shot the cat a second time. She was reportedly bleeding badly from a shot to the stomach, and her legs were still moving when the feeder caught up to her. The man who shot the cat “reportedly told [the feeder] that a cat had been spraying and throwing up on his truck as well as using his yard as a litter box.” Because the shooting occurred on the man’s property, the sheriff’s department determined that it didn’t constitute a criminal act under local law. A town meeting later revealed that many people were frustrated with roaming homeless cats and “understand” the shooter’s exasperation.
September 2013/Naugatuck, Connecticut: NBC Connecticut reported that police have no suspects in a case in which a cat allowed outdoors without supervision was found bleeding with two BBs embedded between the eyes. The cat is recovering indoors.
September 2013/Oakdale, California: ABC News 10 reported that police found a dead, mutilated cat in the vehicle of a man who was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. The driver reportedly told police that he saw the cat on the side of the road and wanted to pet him or her. When he tried to pet the cat, the animal reportedly scratched him. He said that he became angry and began “punching, kicking, and stomping on the cat,” before breaking the animal’s neck. He was booked into the county jail on, among other charges, cruelty to animals.
August 2013/Torrance, California: KTLA.com reported that a local homeowner witnessed a coyote voraciously “chowing down” on a neighbor’s cat in his front yard, killing the cat. Other neighbors reported that other cats allowed outside unsupervised had recently “disappeared.”
August 2013/Eau Claire, Wisconsin: WEAU.com reported that a family’s cat who was allowed outside without supervision was killed in her own backyard by two roaming dogs. After killing the cat, the dogs were seen “panting and frothing” over her body. Responding police officers removed the dogs from the yard.
August 2013/Fairhaven, Massachusetts: SouthCoastToday.com reported that at least four cats allowed outside unsupervised had been killed in three weeks in one neighborhood. The deaths were suspected to be the result of attacks by fishers, coyotes, and/or other predatory species.
August 2013/Harrisburg, Oregon: KVAL-TV reported that one cat survived being shot with a BB gun and six others had suddenly vanished on one cul-de-sac in the community. One neighbor told a reporter that it “tickles” him that the cats were gone because of the damage that they cause to his property but denied harming the animals. The case was under investigation.
August 2013/Corpus Christi, Texas: KRIS-TV reported that seven rabbits and two cats allowed outdoors without supervision were found dead and “laid neatly in the grass” in one neighborhood, most on the same night. The rabbits were reportedly strangled to death and lined up near the outdoor hutch to which they had been confined. On the same day, a cat was found dead not far from the rabbits. The cat’s guardian reported finding another feline companion dead about a month earlier laid out in the same way. A suspect had not been identified.
August 2013/East Chicago, Indiana: WGN-TV reported that a teen was charged with cruelty to animals after confessing to shooting to death three homeless kittens in the alley behind his home with a compound bow and arrow, then posting photos of himself with the corpses on Facebook. One kitten was speared through the head, and another was disemboweled.
August 2013/Houston, Texas: KTRK-TV reported that two cats allowed outside without supervision were attacked by a pack of dogs. Surveillance footage shows that one of the cats was chased up a tree. The other was reportedly mauled for two and a half minutes by the six dogs and eventually died from his injuries.
August 2013/Lampasas, Texas: The Killeen Daily Herald reported that a local homeless cat was shot with a bow and arrow. A veterinarian was able to anesthetize him and remove the arrow without further injury, and he was recovering. A woman who fed the cat outside since the previous fall adopted him and took him indoors for his safety.
August 2013/St. Louis, Missouri: KSDK.com reported that a homeless kitten who was being fed by a woman was found dead on the sidewalk in front of the feeder’s residence, lying in a pool of blood. A rock that was found near the animal’s body was suspected of being the murder weapon. A veterinary examination determined that the cause of the kitten’s death was a head injury. The death was under investigation, and no suspect was identified.
August 2013/Barlow, Ohio: The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported that a local man was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals after violently killing a homeless cat he’d taken into his home a few weeks earlier. The man reportedly said that the cat was “tearing up” his home and that the local animal shelter was “overcrowded and would have put [the cat] down anyway,” so he broke the cat’s neck, beat him or her, and then shot the animal in the head.
August 2013/Townsend, Montana: KRTV.com reported that a cat allowed outdoors without supervision was shot in the head with an arrow, which went in through his ear and out through the back of his neck. He was heard screaming in pain before running off. He returned home later that night without the arrow, but holes remained behind his ear and in the back of his neck. He received veterinary treatment and survived the attack.
July 2013/Norwalk, Ohio: The Norwalk Reflector reported that a cat was hit by a car and sustained a broken spine. Some of the animal’s organs were also protruding from the body. The police were called and shot the animal to end his or her suffering.
July 2013/Buchanan, Michigan: WNDU.com reported that a man angry that his neighbor’s animal companions were on his property was accused of shooting a cat and leaving the animal in his front yard. After hearing a gunshot, the cat’s owner found the cat alive but badly suffering. The animal died shortly afterward, and state and county police were reportedly investigating the incident.
July 2013/Palm Coast, Florida: News4Jax.com reported that a cat named Maddy, who was allowed to roam outside without supervision, was “shot point-blank in the head” outside her home in a gated community. An officer with the Flagler Humane Society reported that the cat was “shot with a copper BB gun at close range on the top of her head.” The BB reportedly exited through her jaw. Maddy was found at a neighbor’s house critically wounded and later died. A suspect hadn’t been found.
July 2013/Woodland, California: The Daily Democrat reported that multiple cats had been poisoned in one apartment complex. An animal control sergeant recovered a poisoned cat from the complex and reported that the poison used was antifreeze. One resident said that at least five cats with similar symptoms had died in just one week. Another resident reported that five kittens “disappeared” overnight and that five other kittens were found dead and “stacked next to a dumpster.” No suspects were identified.
July 2013/North Bergen, New Jersey: The HudsonReporter.com reported that a North Bergen resident repeatedly saw a cat roaming with a rope around his neck that was attached to a bag. Inside the bag was a weight, which caused the rope to tighten like a noose whenever the animal moved. The cat was so frightened that he would run away despite the pain. After feeding the cat for a couple of days, the woman was able to examine him. She described his neck: “Both sides of his neck were opened. It was like chopped meat. … It was terrible.” The cat was taken to a local veterinary hospital, where he received “at least 20″ stitches on each side of his neck. After the cat recovered, the woman reported that she “contacted more than 20 animal rescue groups in three states in her quest to place the animal,” but none would help. During treatment, the cat tested positive for feline AIDS. He was still looking for a home.
July 2013/Timberlake, Ohio: The News-Herald reported that an investigation was closed after it failed to identify a suspect or turn up sufficient evidence in relation to the deaths or disappearance of several cats. It was reported that in a Timberlake neighborhood, “one cat is missing, one [was] possibly poisoned, one [was] injured by a pellet gun and one [was found] dead in the road.” At a Village Council meeting, police told residents that “if people aren’t happy with pets being on their property they should notify the police” rather than taking matters into their own hands.
July 2013/Oregon City, Oregon: KOMONews.com reported that police suspect that a cat found impaled on a spike of a wrought-iron cemetery fence was first beaten and had his or her throat slit. The cat was found dead.
July 2013/Memphis, Tennessee: News Channel 3 reported that several cats had been found dead in a Memphis neighborhood. At least four cats were found dead in one day, apparently killed by roaming dogs. One of the cats was found covered with saliva, and a witness reported that a kitten had been killed by other dogs on the same day. She had seen dogs attacking cats in the neighborhood before these incidents.
July 2013/Safety Harbor, Florida: The Safety Harbor edition of Patch reported that residents witnessed two loose dogs kill a cat who was outdoors unsupervised. One witness described the attack: “The cat was clinging to the top of the fence and the dogs were just jumping up at it, growling and barking and acting crazy.” The dogs finally reached the cat and dragged him or her off the fence. “They ripped the cat apart and left [him or her] in the front yard,” he said. The dogs were captured and taken to the county animal shelter, and their owner was identified.
July 2013/Port Orchard, Washington: The Kitsap Sun reported that two neighborhood cats had been found dismembered in front of the homes where they lived. Both cats were allowed to roam outside without supervision. One did not return home on July 7. Two days later, his or her severed head was found in front of his or her home. The other had reportedly been missing for six weeks before the cat’s severed legs were found in front of his or her home. According to the report, there were no suspects in the incidents.
July 2013/Bay Village, Ohio: Fox 8 Cleveland reported that an unknown suspect had shot two cats who were outdoors unsupervised with a pellet gun. Both cats were seriously injured but survived. Police had no suspects in the case.
July 2013/Arlington Heights, Massachusetts: The Arlington edition of the Patch reported that during a walk with his or her guardian, a dog found a cat in some bushes. A fight between the two animals ensued. The dog’s guardian tried to separate the two, but the cat died at the scene. The cat was wearing a collar with identification and had evidently been allowed to roam freely outdoors with no supervision.
July 2013/Meadowlakes, Texas: The River Cities Daily Tribune reported that in a three-block area in the middle of the city, two cats were injured and one died after being shot with a pellet gun by an unknown assailant. One cat was missing for two days before being found injured on a neighbor’s roof.
July 2013/Crown Point, Indiana: The Northwest Indiana Gazette reported that a man was attacked while trying to stop two dogs from mauling his cat. Police were called for assistance and shot both dogs after nonlethal efforts failed to stop the attack. It is not known if the cat survived.
July 2013/Gulfport, Mississippi: Bay News 9 reported that after being missing for two days, a free-roaming cat named Bear was heard screaming in a house that was being fumigated. Company workers were called and searched the house but found no sign of the cat. As the fumigation continued, a neighbor again heard crying, lifted a tarp, and Bear ran out. He died “a short time later.”
July 2013/Kelso, Washington: The Daily News reported that after being missing for about a week, a cat adopted from the local humane society and allowed to roam outside was found dead, wrapped in duct tape and sealed in a backpack. Leads in the case had reportedly “dried up.”
July 2013/Santa Rosa, California: The Press Democrat reported that a cat named Adam, who was set on fire and barely survived in 2007, was hit and killed by a car. Adam was trapped as a feral kitten by women apparently feeding a colony of unsocialized cats. Left unattended, the box trap with Adam inside was later found in a burning garbage can. Adam had survived seven surgeries, lost his ears and tail, had permanent damage to his left rear leg and hind end, and sustained permanent internal and external injuries because of the blaze.
June 2013/Indianapolis, Indiana: WISHTV.com reported that cats were being poisoned in a colony apparently being maintained by a group practicing trap-neuter-release. A spokesperson for the group said, “If you do have a pet, don’t let them out right now in that neighborhood because obviously somebody is putting poison out.” The surviving cats in the colony were not removed.
June 2013/Codorus Township, Pennsylvania: The York Dispatch reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors without supervision was shot and killed.
June 2013/East Nottingham, Pennsylvania: The Daily Times reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised was found shot to death near the animal’s home.
June 2013/Davidsonville, Maryland: CBS Baltimore reported that a stray cat nearly died after being “pierced with a two-foot-long arrow from a crossbow.” The cat reportedly roamed with the arrow in her shoulder for two days before she could be captured.
June 2013/Bay Village, Ohio: According to WKYC.com, a cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised was shot twice with a pellet gun. A veterinary examination confirmed the shooting.
June 2013/Lakeside, Ohio: WTVG-TV reported that at least two feral cats were found dead from poisoning in the community. The cats’ feeder reported that cats have gone missing or been found dead in the area in recent months.
June 2013/Hillsboro, Ohio: The Times-Gazette reported that local police and animal shelter officials were searching for a roaming cat running through a neighborhood with an arrow completely piercing his or her body. The animal had been injured for approximately four days when news reports were released and still hadn’t been found.
June 2013/Ashville, Ohio: WBNS-TV reported that cats were being mutilated, shot, and killed in a mobile home park where homeless cats are considered a nuisance by some residents. One resident said, “I’ve seen kids run after them on bicycles and cars run off the side of the road trying to hit them.” He has also seen other “cats sick, injured and even mutilated.” When WBNS-TV visited, the local humane society’s animal shelter was closed and a sign was posted: “We are under no circumstances taking any cats or kittens at this time. Our shelter is full.”
June 2013/Columbus, Ohio: WSYX-TV reported that witnesses at an apartment complex called police after they saw “at least a dozen children between the ages of 4 and 13 stomp on a kitten.” Some kids were reportedly “wielding sticks and poked the animal, then used a squirt gun filled with milk to try to drown” him or her. The kitten was homeless and so badly injured that the animal had to be euthanized.
June 2013/Harris, Minnesota: The StarTribune reported that a case of cruelty to animals would be heard in district court against a man who shot his neighbor’s roaming cat with a shotgun. The cat was alive and suffering from severe wounds when law-enforcement officials arrived and shot the animal to end the pain. The man who shot the cat told the responding deputy that he did so because “the cat had been on his property many times and had killed one of his chickens.”
June 2013/San Antonio, Texas: A cat left to roam outdoors was found dead, gutted, mutilated, and hanging from a tree. KSAT.com reported that the cat’s tail had been cut off and the animal was hung by a jump rope about 10 feet off the ground in a neighbor’s yard. The neighbor was out of town, and the cat’s owner smelled “a stench coming from the backyard,” which led him to the cat’s body.
June 2013/Queens, New York: The TimesLedger reported that an Ozone Park man was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals stemming from an incident in which he beat a stray cat to death “with a metal lug wrench and kicked the animal against a cement wall.”
June 2013/McCracken County, Kentucky: WPTV.com reported that three teenagers were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals after killing two cats and posting “before” and “after” photos on a social-media site. An 11-pound rock was the suspected weapon used to bludgeon the animals to death.
June 2013/Grifton, North Carolina: WITN.com reported that a cat roaming a neighborhood was found under a car in “grave condition” after being “shot with an arrow which went completely through [the animal’s] back.” Because of the insects on the cat’s wounds, the police chief thought that the animal was shot several days before being found. The cat was mercifully euthanized.
June 2013/Fort Myers, Florida: NBC-2.com reported that a stray cat had been shot with a .22-caliber bullet. The county’s animal services department said that this was the second cat shooting that it had investigated in less than two months.
June 2013/Fort Myers, Florida: WFTX-TV reported that two cats allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised had disappeared. Neighborhood rumors suggested that poison was being placed throughout the community.
June 2013/Vancouver, Washington: KOMO-TV reported that the bodies of two mutilated cats had been found. Residents discovered a cleanly decapitated cat and the hind end of another cat displayed out in the open.
June 2013/Hillsborough Township, New Jersey: The Hillsborough Patch reported that residents insisting on feeding, trapping, neutering, and returning homeless cats to an apartment complex where the animals were not welcome began finding dead cats and noting the disappearance of others. A witness said, “I found this bag of poison. And now another cat is missing. The lady upstairs saw a dead cat too!”
June 2013/Anniston, Alabama: The Anniston Star reported that a local veterinary hospital treated a cat who was brought in with a 19.75-inch Easton Carbon Power C2 Bolt arrow lodged in his shoulder. Two cats with similar injuries had been treated the week before. Also in June, the veterinary hospital treated a cat with a gunshot wound and another who’d been shot in the head with an arrow.
June 2013/Tucson, Arizona: KVOA-TV reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors died after being shot off a fence with a pellet gun.
May 2013/Northbridge, Massachusetts: Telegram.com reported that a resident found a stray cat on his property who was suffering from a badly infected and “mangled” leg after being shot. The leg had to be amputated because of the severity of the injuries. The man adopted the cat, but the shooter hadn’t yet been caught at the time of the report.
May 2013/Andover, Massachusetts: The Andover Patch reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised was found dead alongside a road. It was suspected that he had been hit and killed by a car.
May 2013/Sandwich, Massachusetts: CapeCodToday.com reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised was found outside his home paralyzed from the waist down after being shot. His injuries were so severe that he had to be euthanized.
May 2013/Modesto, California: The Modesto Bee reported that as many as 37 stray and feral cats were believed to have been poisoned in the area. One cat feeder said that her husband had “buried nine [cats] between the first and third (of May).” Another said that the animals died in a manner consistent with strychnine poisoning: “[A]ll died with claws extended and their mouths open.”
May 2013/Claremore, Oklahoma: The Tulsa World reported that a man was arrested on cruelty-to-animals and illegal-firearms charges after admitting that he had shot his neighbor’s roaming cat from his window. The animal apparently died from his or her injuries.
May 2013/York, Pennsylvania: The York Daily Record reported that a cat left to roam outdoors was found dead with an arrow through his or her body in the bushes near the animal’s home.
May 2013/Boerne, Texas: A cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised sustained a punctured lung and a broken leg after being shot with a crossbow and an arrow. The cat’s owner told KSL.com that the neighbor who shot the cat said that “there was no collar on him and he was in my plants.”
May 2013/Bastrop, Texas: KHOU-TV reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised was found dead from internal injuries under a bridge. A neighbor is suspected of having thrown the cat off the bridge and is facing cruelty-to-animals charges. He had been trapping homeless cats who were trespassing in his garden and told police that he had forgotten that he had trapped the neighbor’s cat, leaving the animal in the trap in the back of his truck for three days before finally taking him to the police station. When he was told that an animal control officer would return the cat to his owner, the man took the cat and left. That same day, the cat was found dead.
May 2013/Mansfield, Ohio: The MansfieldNewsJournal.com reported that three or four men allegedly chased cats out from under parked cars toward two pit bulls, who caught and killed the animals. According to the police report, one of the men recorded the attack on a cell phone. Officers found a dead cat on the sidewalk but couldn’t locate the men.
May 2013/Los Alamos, New Mexico: A cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised was shot with an arrow by an angry neighbor. KRQE.com reported that the animal died during surgery.
May 2013/Summerfield, Florida: Ocala.com reported that a man was arrested on cruelty-to-animals charges after allegedly shooting to death a cat who was roaming outdoors unsupervised. The animal was found dead inside a metal trap in a wooded area.
May 2013/Rushville, Indiana: TheIndyChannel.com reported that a female cat was found lying outside skewered by a Beman 340 ICS Bowhunter arrow and barely breathing. She reportedly nearly died during emergency surgery to remove the arrow but subsequently had been doing better. The attending veterinarian said that her chest X-rays showed “bruising on a couple of lung [lobes], but otherwise, she’s not been in any respiratory distress.”
May 2013/Detroit, Michigan: WDIV-TV reported that 14 animals, including an apparent “barn cat,” were stabbed to death at a school that kept animals as part of a farming program. Another cat was injured but ran away.
May 2013/Cass Lake, Minnesota: ValleyNewsLive.com reported that a warrant had been issued based on a complaint alleging that a neighbor put a bowl of meat scraps in his yard laced with antifreeze. He reportedly “didn’t want the neighbor’s dogs and cats in his yard.” Police found at least six dead animals in the area.
May 2013/Yonkers, New York: According to CBS New York, radio station WCBS reported that three homeless “neighborhood cats” had died suspiciously and two others also died after being “found disoriented and unable to stand.” Soon afterward, 10 more cats disappeared. Poisoning was suspected.
April 2013/Alloway Township, New Jersey: The South Jersey Times reported that a cat allowed to roam outside without supervision was found with an Excalibur 16-inch crossbow bolt arrow skewering her neck and shoulder. The injured cat was found on the outside of her owner’s fence, unable to crawl home. A veterinary hospital removed the arrow and stabilized the cat, who was released to recover at home.
April 2013/Lehigh Acres, Florida: WZVN-TV reported that a feral cat being fed by “caretakers” was found paralyzed, “dragging her back legs and tail” after being shot by a pellet gun. The pellet lodged near her spine. She was so badly injured that she had to be euthanized.
April 2013/DeLand, Florida: CFNews.com reported that two homeless dogs killed seven cats and seven ducks before being captured by Volusia County police and animal control officers. An eyewitness to one of the attacks said, “I was watching them attack the cat, one on each side, picking him up, throwing him up in the air. And eventually the cat expired.”
April 2013/Provo, Utah: According to ABC4.com, a woman searching for her missing cat found the animal dead with several others on private railroad land. The animals were burned and mutilated and found in a secluded area inaccessible by roads. “Their paws were bound together with some tape and there was still rope around their neck where they’d been strangulated,” a police lieutenant said. “Somebody had laid their bodies over the railroad tracks and had the train actually decapitate them.” Police thought that traps were used to catch the animals. Four tortured cats had been found in March, and two more were discovered later. Police said that some “were more decomposed than others.”
April 2013/Brooklyn, New York: A father and son were sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation, with a lifetime ban on owning any animals, in a plea deal resulting from cruelty-to-animals charges. In July 2012, the two men viciously beat an outdoor cat to death with a broom handle and a pillowcase containing a heavy object. Law-enforcement officers investigating the case “found a broken stick in the attic [of the defendant’s home] along with cat fibers and blood. Investigators also found a partial cat claw, a tuft of cat hair and cat feces,” according to The New York Times‘ City Room. The son reportedly told investigators that “his mother would feed the cat after [he] showed up on the steps of their home a little more than year before the attack.”
April 2013/Auburn, New York: The Citizen reported that a cat allowed to roam outdoors was shot and paralyzed in front of his home. The cat had to be euthanized because of the extent of his injuries. There are no suspects in the case.
March 2013/Woodland, California: A cat left outside was paralyzed after being shot with a pellet gun by an unknown assailant. Despite medical treatment, the cat died—unassisted—as a result of her injuries at her guardians’ home.
March 2013/Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: NBC33 reported that a cat “suffered a burn to his side, a damaged ear, and lost three toes” after being cut up in a car engine when the car was started and then driven 15 miles with the cat accidentally trapped inside.
February 2013/Albuquerque, New Mexico: A cat lost part of her foot after she was caught in a steel-jaw trap that law-enforcement officials believe was purposefully set in a neighborhood. KOAT Channel 7 reported that “[i]nvestigators believe the kitten dragged the trap around, and somehow ended up in someone’s back yard. That person called animal welfare.” Animal welfare officer Sharen Westoff described the injuries: “It had actually removed the skin and exposed the bone on … two toes.”
December 2012/Lawrence, Massachusetts: Over the course of a few weeks, nine cats were found dead in Lawrence (see November 2012). According to a news report, veterinarians “believe the cats may have been swung by their tails and thrown onto a hard surface.”
November 2012/Navarre, Florida: A feral cat, who was found with an arrow through one shoulder, died a day after undergoing surgery.
November 2012/Lower Franklin Township, Pennsylvania: A cat allowed to roam outdoors had to be euthanized after being shot with a pellet gun by an unknown attacker.
November 2012/Orange City, Florida: A cat ran off after being shot with a pellet gun in his or her yard. Two days later, the animal was found in a storm drain, dead from the injury.
November 2012/Lawrence, Massachusetts: Eight cats were found dead in a period of about two weeks. Police suspect that someone was trapping homeless cats and “smashing their skulls.”
October 2012/Las Vegas, Nevada: 8NewsNow.com reported that rewards were being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the abuse of a mother cat and six kittens. The animals were reportedly rescued by animal control officers after they received a report stating that teens were throwing rocks at the animals. Reportedly, two of the kittens were pronounced dead when they arrived at a veterinary hospital, one was partially decapitated, and another had to be euthanized because of the severity of his or her injuries. The surviving cats were receiving treatment.
October 2012/Montevallo, Alabama: Three cats were tortured and killed on a university campus. One of the dead animals was found hanging from a flagpole with hooks through the neck and body.
October 2012/Columbus, Ohio: At least three cats were reportedly killed by being slammed against a wall at an apartment complex. The complex manager had reportedly asked a maintenance worker to remove homeless cats from the courtyard. Some apartment residents reported that blood covered a wall where the animals were apparently cruelly killed.
October 2012/Louisville, Kentucky: A kitten was reportedly tortured by a man at an abandoned hotel.
September 2012/Riverview, Florida: A stray cat was found clinging to life with an arrow through her body.
September 2012/Meshoppen, Pennsylvania: More than 20 homeless cats in a “managed” colony suddenly became ill and/or died from suspected poisoning. Two cats were euthanized at a veterinary clinic after becoming so weak that they could be captured by hand for transport to the animal hospital.
September 2012/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two feral cats in a colony being fed in northeast Philadelphia were shot to death with a pellet gun. The colony’s feeder said, “I think people think of cats as rodents. There’s a lot of haters who don’t understand about the animals.”
September 2012/Bartlesville, Oklahoma: Three separate cases of cruelty to cats were reported in September. Passing motorists reported that a caged cat was shot in the head and left for dead. Police found the neutered male cat alive and badly injured. He was euthanized at a veterinary hospital because of the extent of his injuries. In the second case, witnesses reported that people had thrown kittens from a moving vehicle in August. In the third incident, a witness reported “seeing three teenage boys swinging and dragging a large, white cat by a string.” According to a news report, “The cat was partially blind, and veterinarians have not been able to determine whether his blindness was due to the tightly-wrapped fishing wire around his neck or was a pre-existing condition.”
September 2012/West Columbia, Texas: A man shot his 3-year-old granddaughter in the leg when he missed the stray cat at whom he was aiming. He claimed the homeless cat had entered his home and stolen food.
September 2012/Blue Springs, Missouri: A man was arrested after hanging a cat, slamming the animal against a wall until he or she was unconscious, and then stomping the cat to death.
August 2012/Spring Hill, Florida: The father of a family that had been feeding a feral cat witnessed approximately six teenagers beat and stab the animal nearly to death before the sadists ran off. He was reportedly taken to a veterinary hospital, where he died from blunt force trauma. He had “suffered from a stab wound, broken ribs, a damaged vertebrae and internal bleeding” as well as suffocation from a badly damaged trachea crushed during the beating.
August 2012/Indian Hills, Nevada: A man was charged with cruelty to animals after admitting toshooting and dismembering a feral cat who had sought safety under his porch.
August 2012/Blackman Township, Michigan: A cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised wasshot between the eyes with an arrow. It was surgically removed at a veterinary hospital.
August 2012/Van Buren Township, Michigan: A feral cat feeder called “The Cat Lady” in the mobile home park where she lives reported that more than two dozen cats had been killed in a period of about three weeks by being poisoned, shot, and stabbed.
August 2012/Denver, Colorado: Six decapitated and gutted cats were found over a period of approximately four weeks in yards throughout one Denver neighborhood.
August 2012/Mesa, Arizona: Three cats were found dead and “mutilated almost beyond recognition” in a Mesa neighborhood. A surveillance camera captured one of the cats as she was snatched from her property by an unknown man. A news station reported that 12 cats were unaccounted for in the neighborhood.
August 2012/Columbia, South Carolina: Cats in a Columbia neighborhood were found to have been killed and beheaded by an unknown assailant. According to a local investigator, it “was easy to see the head had been removed with a sharp cutting instrument, not ripped like an animal would have done it.”
August 2012/Minneapolis, Minnesota: A cat was found burnt and impaled by a small American flag in a neighborhood park.
August 2012/Evansville, Indiana: Two cats allowed to roam outdoors without supervision weretortured. One was shot with a BB gun, and another reportedly appeared to have been burned and bludgeoned before escaping a sadist.
August 2012/Mingo Junction, Ohio: A woman who feeds homeless cats in her neighborhoodreported that “several of her cats had been abused.” One of the cats was found doused in “a petroleum-like substance.” Another was shot with a pellet or paintball gun.
July 2012/Missouri City, Texas: A man was indicted on cruelty-to-animals charges after allegedly shooting four cats from his balcony in December 2011. One of the cats was killed instantly, and two others were paralyzed and so badly injured that they required euthanasia.
July 2012/Portland, Oregon: Volunteers working with Multnomah County Animal Services on what was being called a “TNR project” set and then abandoned traps near an apartment complex. One cat was found dead in a trap by a local resident after succumbing to starvation, dehydration, and/or exposure. Another trapped cat was found earlier and released by a concerned citizen who reported that the animal appeared extremely ill. News reports state that the second cat was never found.
July 2012/San Mateo, California: A cat many described as a “neighborhood cat” who had been abandoned and left outdoors was found “bloodied and paralyzed” after being shot with a pellet gun. She will never walk again and may have to wear a diaper for the rest of her life.
July 2012/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A cat was killed and two others were injured by a woman who doused them with ammonia in an effort to rid the neighborhood of homeless cats.
June 2012/Ontario, Canada: A feral cat colony “caretaker” was unaware that a cat she had been feeding had been shot with a BB gun, leaving BBs in her body. The animal was reportedly spayed and reabandoned on the streets.
June 2012/Baldwin Township, Pennsylvania: A frustrated property owner urged the township’s Board of Commissioners to allow people to shoot homeless and stray cats. During a township meeting, he claimed that he had already killed two cats on his property by kicking them into his pool.
June 2012/Fort Wayne, Indiana: A kitten was found with burns to her face and the pads of her feet. A rubber band had reportedly been used to attach fireworks to her tail.
May 2012/New Baden, Illinois: KTVI Television reported that family members looking for their kitten, who had gotten outside, found the animal “in a trash can at the park; the kitten’s neck broken; blood and foam coming from [her] mouth.” Children at the park reported that “[t]he cat was thrown towards [a teenager by another teenager] and he used [a] skateboard as a baseball bat and swung at her and that’s what killed her.”
May 2012/Sacramento, California: A stray cat was so badly burned that euthanasia was recommended after the animal was “doused with an accelerant and then lit on fire,” according to anews report. Witnesses called the police after seeing what they described as “a ball of fire” moving through a park.
May 2012/Ronkonkoma, New York: A feral cat colony “caretaker” found eight kittens dead from “massive skull trauma” and blunt force trauma to their bodies, which were strewn around the industrial park where they were fed.
May 2012/Medford, New York: A cat was fatally shot with an arrow, which was still protruding from the body when the animal sought safety on a citizen’s porch.
May 2012/Prairie View, Arkansas: A man was in critical condition after being shot in the face by a neighbor shooting at stray cats.
April 2012/East Whiteland, Pennsylvania: A man admitted to shooting three cats with a BB gun. One of the injured cats was found by a good Samaritan and taken to a local veterinary hospital, where the animal was euthanized because of extensive injuries and severe pain.
April 2012/Oil City, Pennsylvania: A man is under investigation after a good Samaritan followed the sounds of a crying cat and found a gravely injured orange tabby in a box trap weighed down in a 30-gallon trash can filled with water. A veterinarian found approximately 20 BBs lodged throughout the cat’s body, including in an eye.
February 2012/Corpus Christi, Texas: Homeless and stray cats were poisoned in a neighborhood in Corpus Christi. According to a local resident, “People are tired of feral cats.” Poisoned cats have crawled under homes and have been decomposing around the neighborhood.
February 2012/Shady Cove, Oregon: A teen was arrested for his possible involvement in the case of a stray cat who was likely doused with an accelerant and lit on fire. The orange tabby was reportedly being fed by a family but was left outdoors unprotected.
February 2012/Fort Worth, Texas: Approximately 24 cats suddenly disappeared from a park in Fort Worth where they were being fed. The chair of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee of Fort Worth thinks they were killed. She said, “This happened to coincide with a TNR program, which is trap, neuter, release, that the city is looking into passing.”
February 2012/Sutherlin, Oregon: Two dead cats were found with twine wrapped around their necks.
February 2012/Oildale, California: A man was arrested after a police investigation revealed that he likely captured stray cats and ate them. Some neighbors reported that they think they saw the man skin at least one of the animals while the cat was still alive.
January 2012/Tybee Island, Georgia: At least five cats were poisoned to death and about 12 more were missing from a colony of feral cats being fed on Tybee Island.
January 2012/Roswell, New Mexico: Three homeless cats and a roaming Chihuahua named Mimi were shot to death. Mimi was shot with a .22 caliber round, one cat was killed with a pellet gun, and two cats died after being shot with a BB gun.
January 2012/Phoenix, Arizona: A feral cat feeder, who claimed to be socializing feral kittens by keeping them in an outdoor hutch, found them and several other cats dead, likely from poisoning. A neighbor claimed that her cat, who is allowed outside to roam, was missing and that another cat had been found “severely burned” just weeks before.
January 2012/Little Rock, Arkansas: A cat allowed to roam outdoors was found dead on his or her doorstep. The cat’s head had been badly “bashed in,” and graffiti had been spray-painted across the animal’s side.
January 2012/Virginia Beach, Virginia: A cat allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised reportedlyhad to be euthanized after being stabbed and then having bleach poured into his wounds.
November 2011/Honolulu, Hawaii: Two cats with barbed darts “embedded into their bodies” were found by the feral cat colony “caretaker” who had been feeding them. One of the animals could barely walk. The caretaker said at least four cats were injured, and more were either dead or hiding and suffering with injuries, because fewer cats have been showing up to eat.
October 2011/Tampa, Florida: Hillsborough County Animal Services was investigating at least three separate poisoning cases of homeless cats in Tampa. A man who was reportedly frustrated with homeless cats for damaging his strawberry plants was suspected of poisoning at least four of the animals, who ate from bowls filled with pellets of rat poison mixed with canned cat food and treats. In another part of town, six cats died after eating cat food soaked in radiator fluid. In the third case, frustrated neighbors reportedly used mothballs to poison cats in a colony registered with the county.
October 2011/Santa Fe, New Mexico: The bodies of more than a dozen feral cats who were being fed behind a strip mall were found strewn about the parking lot after being intentionally fed rat poison.
October 2011/East Pikeland Township, Pennsylvania: Cats throughout East Pikeland Township were shot with arrows and beaten to death. At least nine cats died from the attacks.
October 2011/Port Chester, New York: A pellet from a pellet gun was found lodged in the neck of a homeless cat who reportedly “hangs around” a Port Chester neighborhood.
October 2011/Baltimore, Maryland: A badly burned homeless cat required euthanasia after being set on fire. According to a news report, “several other stray cats could be found in the trash-strewn alley” where the cat was found on fire.
September 2011/South Bend, Indiana: According to a news report, a trap-neuter-release advocate stopped returning cats to the streets after a cat she was feeding was shot with a pellet gun and became partially paralyzed. A television news story also reported that some people in the neighborhood said that they “don’t think anybody should be punished severely for shooting one of the feral cats that they say are a nuisance.”
August 2011/Honolulu, Hawaii: Three feral cats were shot to death with a pellet gun, and several more were injured.
August 2011/Oregon City, Oregon: Six cats were found dead in one two-block area in the city. Veterinary examinations determined that the cats were poisoned with antifreeze, which is often mixed with cat food by angry residents and animal abusers.
July 2011/Cumberland, Maryland: Approximately 20 cats were killed with a corrosive poison that melted the paper plates that were used to set out the poison for the cats, who were part of a large “managed” colony being fed at Constitution Park.
June 2011/Lawrence, Kansas: A homeless cat was trapped and shot twice at a Lawrence residence.
June 2011/Clark County, Washington: Joyriding teenagers shot at least 100 cats before being arrested. The cats were shot with a .22 caliber rifle that belonged to one of the teens’ parents.
May 2011/Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania: The “caretaker” of a colony of feral cats reported that the animals were being poisoned and shot with BB guns, apparently by neighbors who “were tired of them being in their yard, digging up and going under their trailers.”
May 2011/Lancaster County, Nebraska: A skittish so-called “barn cat” was shot with an arrow. The barn owner said, “My husband found her, and the arrow was through her. And her intestines were out, and she was alive.”
May 2011/Wailuku, Hawaii: A band of four partiers shot and killed three feral cats with bows and arrows at Iao Valley State Park. The cats were being fed by a local woman who left them outdoors unprotected.
April 2011/Santa Cruz, California: A Santa Cruz couple came to the conclusion that cats are safer indoors after their cat, Max, came home with an arrow shot straight through his head.
April 2011/Dover, New Hampshire: A resident found a cat in her carport who was badly injured by an arrow that had been shot into the animal’s stomach. The cat had reportedly suffered horribly. The animal’s owner was found and reported that the cat had “been missing” for about four days.
March 2011/Dunnellon, Florida: Neighbors who had been feeding a stray cat assumed that he belonged to someone. But after he was shot in the chest with a bow and arrow, it was clear that he was homeless. The frightened and injured cat roamed the neighborhood with an arrow skewering his midsection for more than a week until he was able to be captured in a large dog trap (cat traps were too small to fit both cat and arrow). By the time he was admitted to a veterinary hospital, he was in critical condition.
February 2011/Afton, Tennessee: WBIR Television reported that three teens went on a shooting spree for more than six hours, resulting in the deaths of 12 cats living in a large “managed colony.”