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Neighbor Trapping Pet Cats and Releasing Them Elsewhere

Neighbor Trapping Pet Cats and Releasing Them Elsewhere

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?


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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1:39AM PDT on Mar 31, 2015


11:53PM PDT on Mar 26, 2015


11:27AM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

8:17AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

What he did is inhumane, very cruel and possibly illegal. Check into the illegal part. However, in my opinion all cat should stay in the house or a screened in patio. Once you let them out, they want to wander all the time. Cats should not be allow outside on their own, they can get hit by a car. It happened to one of my Mom's beloved cats and she keeps all cats indoors.

5:37AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014


1:28PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

The best solution: just shoot the cat trapper.

8:22AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

I have not had a problem with my neighbors for the 3 yrs I have lived here. I have 3 cats and they were inside/outside cats. I recently found out it is illegal to have your cats outside in this city. I didn't realize that until my cat was trapped by this NEW neighbor. I got my cat from the pound and had him licensed and got his rabies shots. Ok so now I am careful to keep my cats inside. Once again another cat got out...Something...Pound, license and shots. Soooooooo....Last night my granddaughter opened the door and out ran the cat....I went looking for him...No luck....This morning I went out looking again.....Guess what...Trapped again....This is kinda ridiculous....I mean seriously if my cat is pooping in the little bit of dirt this person has in their yard I will clean it up, but stop trapping these cats...They are baiting the traps so these cats know they can go to this house for some yummy tuna...I figure if they would stop putting food in their yard my cat would stop going over there if it gets out...Sorry for rambling hahahahaha

4:05AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

contain them within your home and as cats are capable of wandering anywhere, therein lies the problems. Here people are allowed to let their cats out between certain times which is out at sunrise and in by sunset. However ask anyone like a Vet or Council and they will all say keep them inside b/c they will be cared for, live longer, you know where they are at all times and keeping them indoors keeps them safe. My young cat doesnt go out side b/c I live close to major roads and neighbours are inclined to drive like maniacs.

However, that man was doing something quite illegal in removing their collars and turfing them out somewhere else where they would be in greater strife. Silly man!

2:20AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014


12:21AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014


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