Reporting Anjali Hemphill
WOODLAND (CBS13) — Woodland Police say five cats have turned up dead while five others were poisoned, as neighbors make a desperate attempt to stop whoever is behind it.
Kathleen Dugan watched in horror as her cat, Patches, slowly died before her eyes after being poisoned with antifreeze.
“I kept telling her, ‘Mommy’s here, Mommy’s with you.’”
Woodland Police say her cat is one of at least five others in the Lincoln Manor Apartments that have been intentionally poisoned in just the past week.
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It’s the most inhumane treatment. It’s terribly sad.”
Police say five kittens recently disappeared from a resident’s back patio. They were later found dead, stacked next to a dumpster.
Police also say at least five other tenants have reported their cats missing.
Anilem McCay hasn’t seen her cat, Tiger, in three weeks. She’s posted signs all over the neighborhood.
Now she’s worried what happened to Patches might also be why her cat, Tiger, disappeared.
“It’s sad to know your cat might not be coming home because of what somebody did.”
Neighbors say several feral cats roam the area, and many of them are fed and taken care of by people who live here. But they say some of the neighbors aren’t happy about it.”
Some believe it’s one of those unhappy neighbors who is trying to take matters into their own hands.
“Find a humane way to get rid of the cats. Shelters, traps, any other way but this.
Police still have no idea who may be behind this, but that person or persons could face felony charges, jail time and a $20,000 fine.