In Oklahoma City, there is one cat hater who is making his Edgemere Park neighbors very, very angry, according to a local news report from KFOR. The neighbor (who is unnamed in the report) is trapping cats who wander onto his property, removing their collars and then releasing them over an hour away. A handful of neighborhood cats have gone missing and the distraught pet owners are blaming this pet-trapper for their disappearances.
The homeowner openly admits to trapping the cats saying that his neighbors, “do not confine their cats and they come onto his property.” According to KFOR report, in the police report the neighbor said he was just, “trapping nuisance animals that go under his house and damage it.”
Neighbor Beth McGraw is devastated that her cat is one of the missing cats. She has been posting fliers hoping to find her beloved pet as well as warn other neighbors about this mean-spirited cat-trapper.
Wendy and Michael Mills are also missing their marmalade cat, Simpson. “He is usually out in the driveway or out in the yard and comes in every couple hours or so for a snack,” said Wendy Mills about Simpson. But as of last month, his whereabouts are unknown and he has not been seen. The couple has been looking every day since he disappeared to no avail.
The Mills said they talked to the cat-trapping homeowner about Simpson. They say that he admitted to trapping their orange cat, removing his red collar, then dumping him off in an undisclosed area over an hour away.
Michael is crushed, “I just hate to think that he’s out there suffering some place.”
Michael then added, ”I realize there is a feral cat problem in the city but cats with collars, you know they belong to somebody.”
Beth McGraw sees only one solution to the problem and that is the cat-trapper move: “The only solution I see is that he is out of the neighborhood, because we’re always going to have animals in this neighborhood.”
This story does beg the question of what are the rights of property owners vs. pet owners? What do you think?