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Florida Highway Patrol investigating cats found dead on Howard Frankland Bridge — 15 Comments

  1. This hurts my heart, but I am nearly certain that this was a failed attempt to throw the cats over the side of the bridge, into the water to drown.

    I’ve been on that bridge many times, and that sort of deed would be hard to pull off considering the traffic and the height of the concrete wall.

    The only hope that I can see would be if any witnesses would come forward and have a license plate number.

    But, these monsters are clever and, probably, keep throwing out bags that look like trash/litter.

    I’ve had an experience where I was driving by a discarded Walmart bag that had movement inside. I found 3 small kittens in the middle of my opposite lane that were doomed to be run over and killed by motorists.

    If people would just be observant…
    Yes, it IS your business what other people are discarding.

    • Oh Dee, you just can’t comprehend how many abuse stories I cover now. I just don’t want to post them here because it’s depressing. I do 2-3 a day sometimes and that’s just the ones I hear about by people messaging me or posting on my wall.

      • I have a similar problem – trying to avoid depressing cat stories. I try and pick interesting ones and limit the sad ones.

      • Elisa, there are times when I hear myself saying, “If one more person burdens me with another problem or wants something else from me, I’ll have some sort of breakdown. And, it won’t be pretty.”

        Your stress and heartache have to be almost unbearable.

        You need to take a break. But, that’s easy for me to say even though I don’t do that myself. Carrying on to exhaustion is an addiction for the both of us.

        Ofcourse, our egos aren’t so enormous as to believe that we are indispensible. But, who else is there to take over our lives for even a day so we can regroup?

        Even though helpful, not even my backup (secondary) has the stamina to do the job.

        Just to sleep 6 hours, uninterrupted, would be as much a luxury as taking a bubble bath.

        I understand completely, girl.

        • I actually relax by working on my new website and by doing the shelter cats bios. I can handle anything except crush videos. Can’t bring myself to watch them. And I refused to do the cat intestines jump rope story. I did do the cat burned and stabbed in religious ritual and also one where a dog was beaten and his owner tied up and forced to watch.

          I have deactivated my Facebook account twice just to get some rest. It never ends.

  2. You have asked all the right questions in the article, Elisa. It is bizarre. It has to be someone throwing cats out of a moving car.

    It seems impossible for a cat to wander down this road.

    Perhaps a reason why the perpetrator is doing it on this bridge is to prevent the cats escaping from the road. It is a form of cat torture and cruel abuse.

    I would expect that the person wants the cats to be terrified and then killed by traffic. Or they are throwing the cats into the water – either or and the person doing it does not mind.

    If the cats end up on the road, it’s a new way to torture cats. That is what it looks like to me.

    You’d have thought someone would have reported it to the police by now and with car number plates the person is taking a risk. Therefore it has to done when traffic is very light.

    Interesting and sad story, Elisa.

  3. There is an extremely mentally ill human being doing tings to animals. Not only would I be looking at areas leading directly to the bridge and canvassing for missing pets I would be checking to see if there are missing persons from the surrounding area leading to the bridge. Pulling the complaints to local AC for anyone having a real grudge about a feral colony.
    I would say the main objective is over the side of the bridge.

    • That’s what I was thinking as well. Bad aim and the cats didn’t go over. I really doubt it’s a feral issue because it would be hard to launch a feral cat out a car window. Wonder if any could be brought in and checked for microchips.

      • You would think that would be their first thought. But I’m often overoptimistic and suffer from occasional bouts of idealism.

        • I’m just paranoid and most often think the worst of people after covering so many abuse cases. I hesitated to do this one for PoC. I try to stick to uplifting stories these days.

          • If there were 5 dogs wandering on this bridge they would stop traffic and there would be a line around the block to adopt them. There would be an overfunded Gofundme. But they’re cats. Therefore eventually someone will show up with a garbage bag or finish the job and toss them over the rails.

      • Exactly right, Elisa.
        Conditions are poor there for, actually, being able to throw cats into the water.
        I wish that we could have stake outs like the cops have with human criminals.

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