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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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1:28PM 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

Thanks

12:21AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

thanks

9:24PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Disgusting

12:05PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Sometimes owners of the pets may not know their pets are roaming out on the streets or neighbors, but they should be very careful with all the openings to the outside since they have pets to avoid these kind of problems. That bastard should not be so cruel because it wasn't the pets' fault, like kids, they will walk out of the door for curiosity. Abandoning the pets so far is like kidnapping kids from parents, how would he or his children like to be kidnapped and thrown in an isolated area with no contact to the outside world. He should be fined heavily for evil doing!!!! I didn't like cats before but I didn't do anything harm to them either, later, I even get to love them because, after all, they are beings and mean no harm to me.

7:43AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Most people keep their cats indoors but a few allow them to roam our neighbourhood. The newest roaming cat decided that a patch of dirt near our front door made a great litter box. I didn't want to put chili flakes as the local pet store advised me to do. Instead I read on here about putting lemon rinds in the spot. I tried it and it worked :-) The cat was not harmed and I have a poop free garden.

3:49PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

This person is wrong to do that to his neighbor's pets & they in turn should keep their cats indoors & if they want to take the cat outdoors it should be supervised or on a leash.

11:18AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

If you don't own a pet but are constantly engaging other people's pets on your property, you tend to become a little testy. I would not have my cat roaming the neighborhood, my cats always stayed indoors or on the porch with me. There is a dog someone allows out in the mornings in my neighborhood that I am reporting the animal control. I do not welcome the "presents" it leaves in my driveway. I don't hate pets, it's just that if it is a pet, you should treat it like you are the only who who loves it because most of your neighbors don't see Pookie that way.

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