My landlady Is A Cat Hater

My landlady Is A Cat Hater

by Merrily
(Mojave, CA, USA)

A year and a half ago I moved to a small desert town. One of the first things I noticed is the local people didn’t seem to care for their pets.
I saw two cats who I now know are brothers who had lived on their own since they were kittens.

One had no hair, and was dreadfully thin, and it was the middle of winter. I started feeding the “Red Boys” as I call them, and soon I saw the beginning of a new coat of fur.

I fed them raw rabbit, Wellness Chicken, and dry food. Little Red just blossomed into the beautiful cat that he was meant to be and Big Red grew bigger.

Soon, another cat showed up, and another and then I had six regulars who came to eat twice a day as regular as clockwork. The Red Boys learned to trust me, and came to see me when I was in the garden.

A big Tiger stripe boy was always the first to arrive every morning, he was very sweet.
Then there was the Black boy with the white chest, he was a bully, but he was welcome. The final two were a beautiful long haired Himmy (Himalayan – long haired Persian) and a long haired black and white.

A few days ago I noticed that the Tiger stripe and the Bully were not coming to eat, and the Red Boys wouldn’t come near me. I kept waiting for the two missing boys, but they never showed up.

Yesterday I saw my landlady sprinkling something around the outside of her house, I was concerned, but just asked her if she was planting seeds? She replied that she was getting rid of the cats once and for all, and I realised she was putting out poison.

Then she turned to me and said she had been shooting the cats with a BB gun, I that she was going to get rid of all of them. She said she had shot the two missing boys as well as the Himmy.

Later that day I saw the Himmy and he was wounded and had BB’s imbedded in his skin.

I fear that the other two boys are dead or seriously wounded, I have not been able to find them.

I filed a report with the local Sheriff. However I know she will continue and I have to save the remaning cats.

Today I will try to find a rescue organization who will help with the cats, and then I will look for another home for myself as well.

I can’t imagine wanting to harm innocent cats who are just looking for a friendly face, and a meal. My heart is broken for the two boys who are missing.


Hi Merrily… I am shocked but not surprised. This is a crime but how many people get prosecuted?

Well done to you but the world is divided into those who care and who have morals and those who simply care about the almighty buck (and they hate cats!).

I find your story very sad, I am afraid. The world seems so hostile. See Cat Poison for some hostile nasty people – see the comments.

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Jan 13, 2010 I hate animal haters
by: kathy

People dont realize that all animals are our brothers and sisters. That is the Native American way. Im glad I dont live by you because I would be the one going to jail because I probaly would find some way to harm that woman. What are the cats doing to harm her?? Im sorry about the loss of your little friends. And I also hope your moving doenst mean that the woman will continue to go on harming animals. She clearly needs to be in jail, forever.

Jan 12, 2010 MOVE!!!
by: Julie

It is hard to understand cruelty. It is harder to understand killing for the sake of killing. This woman must have a mental problem. I have heard that most serial killers start out hurting and killing animals. My advice is to file a complaint and move as soon as possible. In Illinois people who abuse animals end up in court then they are fined,jailed,and they lose the right to own pets.

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Jan 10, 2010 Rat
by: Joyce Sammons

I hope in her next life your landlady comes back as a rat. That way the cats and the snakes will get her. I’ll hurt someone if I see them being mean to an animal. Lucky I haven’t ended up in jail. When you do move talk to neighbors and make sure they’re worthy to have you as a neighbor.

Jan 10, 2010 And this person is a “human”
by: Barbara

This is so sad, those poor cats had enough of a struggle without that horrible person picking on them in such a cruel and detestable way. She is obviously without a grain of compassion and I can’t help but wish a similar fate on her when her time comes. I hope you can get help with the remaining cats and get yourself away from that evil place asap.

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Jan 10, 2010 Animal Cruelty is Against the Law in California
by: Riverside Robyn

If your landlady puts out poison on her own property, she must post at least three signs warning others. If she does not, she is in violation of the law. (Sec. 596) There may even be environmental laws involved if there are endangered species around such as the the Stephens Kangaroo Rat. Shooting is definitely cruel. (Sec. 597)


596. Every person who, without the consent of the owner, wilfully administers poison to any animal, the property of another, or exposes any poisonous substance, with the intent that the same shall be taken or swallowed by any such animal, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
However, the provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of a person who exposes poisonous substances upon premises or property owned or controlled by him for the purpose of controlling or destroying predatory animals or livestock-killing dogs and if, prior to or during the placing out of such poisonous substances, he shall have posted upon the property conspicuous signs located at intervals of distance not greater than one-third of a mile apart, and in any
case not less than three such signs having words with letters at least one inch high reading “Warning–Poisoned bait placed out on these premises,” which signs shall be kept in place until the poisonous substances have been removed. Whenever such signs have been conspicuously located upon the property or premises owned or
controlled by him as hereinabove provided, such person shall not be charged with any civil liability to another party in the event that
any domestic animal belonging to such party becomes injured or killed by trespassing or partaking of the poisonous substance or substances
so placed.

SECTION 597(a)

597. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c) of this section or Section 599c, every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal, is guilty of an offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison, or by a fine of not more than
twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, or, alternatively, by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than twenty
thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.

Jan 10, 2010 Plain stupid
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Merrily. I’m so sad to hear about the killing of those poor ferals. I recall from another message that you had actually won their trust somehow, right? Too bad that your landlady got anywhere near them!
Actually she is plain stupid. If she wants to exterminate all cats from her property, she’ll have a lifelong task ahead of her, as other ferals soon will move into the empty territory.
You were actually doing her a service by providing for a few cats that could keep other cats out – and also deal with any rodents around. Maybe then later on you could somehow have organized some TNR, because that really seems to be the only lasting solution. But alas – that was never to be because of such a stupid poisoner.

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Jan 09, 2010 “Cat-Haters”
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

“Cat-Haters” exist in every country, city or village irrespective of cultures or religion. “Cats” as common pets have existed with humans since time immemorial,receiving extremities in human care and emotion beginning with their status as “Animal gods” among the ancient Egyptian Pharoahs right upto being considered as “Witches pets” during the European Middle-ages “Witch Hunt Persecutions”.Even in 21st century “Internet Era”, cats are still a mysterious icon as depicted by late singer Michael.Jackson in his numerous videos, each having a cat in a “Sinister cameo role”.Its really sad to come across people killing cats, as did the “Landlady” and such people should be treated on par with human crimes.
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Jan 09, 2010 shocking what folk do
by: kevin kays hill sanctuary

its shocking what people will stoop to, there are many ways to sort this problem, if it is a problem, but to shoot and wound then leave to get infected and slowly die, i cant beleive its disgusting and poison as well , i beleive what goes around, comes around, may your landlady rot in hell

Jan 09, 2010 shocking what folk do
by: kevin kays hill sanctuary

its shocking what people will stoop to, there are many ways to sort this problem, if it is a problem, but to shoot and wound then leave to get infected and slowly die, i cant beleive its disgusting and poison as well , i beleive what goes around, comes around, may your landlady rot in hell

Jan 09, 2010 Merryily
by: Jan Plant

I’m so sorry to hear your dilemma.How sad for these poor cats,when all they wanted was some care and a bit to eat.I’m so sorry for your loss.But be sure that there is a special place in hell for people like your landlady!And in heaven for kind souls such as you.

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