A passerby made a gruesome discovery along Cibolo Creek outside of San Antonio Texas this week: seven garbage bags full of dead cats. All of the cats were adults and all appeared to be purebred Siamese, about 49 cats in all.
Guadalupe County Animal Control responded to the call on Wednesday, according to Sheriff Arnold Zwicke. The cats appeared to have been frozen before being dumped.
We brought some of them to a local veterinarian and hes checking them out, Zwicke said. The rest we buried by the (county) road and bridge yard in Marion.
The vet will attempt to determine the cause of death. Additionally, the sheriff’s department is analyzing the bags for fingerprints.
It needs to be taken seriously, Zwicke said. Its not every day that someone does something like this.
At this point, the best guess is that the dead cats were dumped by a breeder. They may have been killed after an outbreak of a communicable disease in the breeding facility made it too expensive to provide the cats with medical treatment. Another theory was that the cats died from carbon monoxide poisoning after a heater malfunctioned.
Tonja Pfister, director of Texas Siamese Rescue agrees that it’s likely the cats were dumped by a breeder or perhaps a desperate cat hoarder. Lets regulate breeders, Pfister said. Is there any reason the U.S.D.A does not require breeders to be licensed?
Sheriff Zwicke promised a full investigation. There is a better way to handle it if it was an accident, Zwicke said. And if it was on purpose, we need to bring this person to justice.
Pfister said she was encouraged that the Sheriffs Department appears to be taking the case seriously. Sheriff Zwicke is an animal person and he does care, she said. I congratulate the sheriff, and I usually dont do that with sheriffs.
The incident is being investigated currently as a littering case, but could become an animal cruelty case, pending the results of the veterinarians findings.
Anyone with information about the cats should call the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department at (830) 379-1224.
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