|Purred: Fri May 30, '08 8:24pm PST |
|WEDNESDAY MAY 21st, 2008
Out of my 12 ferals 5 all have been missing since Sunday. I haven't seen them and their food stations haven't been touched even tho I renew the food everyday. Out of those 5 1 was very friendly, one was a crier (He would cry when I called for him). They have never disappeared like this before. 4 out of the 5 ate at the same station everyday. One would be at any of the 4 station from 8 am to 9am everyday.
The rest are acting strangely. Not near as happy when I drive up and they totally bury the food at their station when they are done eating even tho there is more food left on the platter.
The only thing that is different is that I did capture a 4 week old kitten, 1 of 4 I saw, but that wasn't until I was searching for the missing 5.
The good new is the 4 week old female is healthy except for a URI, but not a bad one. She is very tame, but she doesn't purr. And she and the her 3 sibling are absolutely gorgeous hence very adoptable.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Ok, 3 more are missing!
Most of them I TNR-ed recently so I am sure they are trap weary. The 2 that are left are the nursing mothers. If it was a raccon or something like that I think they'd be the first to go missing. I'm hoping maybe due to the heat they are back in the deep woods and not needing to eat as much? It did cool off tonight (was in the 90's for days) so I'm hoping to see them tomorrow.
On a happy note I eyeballed 4 more kittens and got one of them. A male...looks just like Princess. But he won't eat food, only nurse from a bottle with KMR. With some luck I'll get the others by the holiday.
Sunday May 25th, 2008
No one has seen anything. I have a few ideas, but none is for sure.
1) It's gotten very hot here. Maybe they went further back in the woods? The 2 Momma's couldn't leave their babies?
2) The PET SHOP OWNER that is in that area threatened to poison the ferals 2 weeks ago. I called and reported it to the Police/Animal Control. Police and Animal Control are fine with me caring for the ferals and sooo happy someone is doing TNR. I haven't seen nor smelled dead animals and lordy knows I've been all over those woods looking for the missing ferals and the kits.
3)They just moved on due to all the new kittens?
4) They got spooked because I was TNR-ing about 2 to 3 a week? And I lost one in the vet parking lot?
I feel so bad. And I really miss the ones that are gone. Not knowing is killing me.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I care for (TNR, shots, FeLeuk/Fiv testing, ear notching, feed etc)12 feral cats behind K-mart in New Smyrna Beach, FL, right off 44. 11 days ago my ferals started not showing up at their feeding stations. Within 3 days 10 are gone with no signs of them at all. One mother abandoned 5 kittens.(The 2 that are left are nursing moms and have been seen caring for the others). I have contacted the police and animal control as a shop owner in the area threatened to poison the cats about 3 weeks ago. My vet has informed me that if it was a predators the kittens and Mom's would have been the first to succumb. I suspect human intervention but without a body to autopsy I can prove nothing.
Friday, May 30th at 12 noon I am trying to gather a few people to aid in rescuing the rest of the kittens ( I have 4 at my home now and all have become tame with in 24 hours, hence adoptable) and to search for the missing cats and/or their bodies. I have permission from K-mart managers and the police.
If you can make it, even for 1 hour we'd love the help. Wear long pants, closed shoes, gloves and a long sleeved shirt and be prepared for anything. You may want to bring garden shears or something like that as it is a very wooded area with vines, etc. Water will be provided.
IF YOU CAN'T BE THERE PLEASE PASS THIS ON!
Friday, May 30, 2008
I'm happy to say that 8 people showed up today for the search and rescue of my ferals and their babies.We nabbed 1 orange and white kitten who has now got a full belly and is sleeping with his buddies in my bathroom.
I am sad to say, it's 99% definitive that all of the missing ferals are dead. It appears one or more of the men that live in that area had a grudge about Big Old Tom attempting to catch his "pet chicken" and or the police being in the area. This 'man' took it upon himself to poison the ferals at 3 of the 4 feeding stations. He'd wait until I put out fresh food and water in clean bowls and when I left he'd put antifreeze in with dishes. I also spoke with a resident in the vicinity, who son is a veterinary student. They had 4 dogs poisoned by antifreeze last year.
I did call the police and a Sergeant came out and took a report and when the Animal Control Officer returns from vacation next week the case will be handled by him.
Many of us searched for the bodies of the cats as it would help to prosecute. It's horrible to say, but being that it's very warm here, the smell is unmistakable. Yet we did not find a body. There is a $150.00 reward for the body of one of OUR FERALS deemed to be poisoned by antifreeze. And even if we have that, it may not be enough to convict. And if convicted I'm not sure the punishment will fit the crime.
Which now forces me to turn to the police of New Smyrna Beach and ask them why are these derelict and harmful people allowed to live in these woods and stay in this area with no questions asked.
If anyone knows of an agency or group that would lend it's expertise and knowledge to us in the finding of the bodies and or the prosecution of the guilty party, please forward this on to them.
Edited by author Fri Jun 13, '08 2:54pm PST
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