A well-known Greenville County animal trapper has been charged with animal abandonment after he allegedly trapped several cats from a gated Simpsonville community and dumped them to fend for themselves.
According to a Simpsonville police report, Johnny Bullington, who runs Critter Zappers, a pest control company, said five or six neighbors in the Cottages at Harrison Bridge subdivision in Simpsonville paid him to trap several cats.
Bullington is accused of trapping the cat in cages and dumping them in southern Greenville County. He’s admitted to police that he released the cats near the ‘power line trail’ on Harrison Bridge Road.
Spokesman Bob Mihalic for Greenville County stated as many as 25 cats were found alive but none were the cats owned by Gary and Sunny Ward, who filed a police report in mid-February. Buster, Polly, and Dolly were raised by the family as kittens and this ordeal has taken an emotional toll on them.
Bullington said in an interview with Greenville Online that the allegations have hurt his trapping business.
HOA President Tom Johnson of the Cottages at Harrison Bridge said HOA board members were not involved but did allow two of the traps to be placed on the property and two cats were caught. Other than that, Johnson says he has no further comment.
Residents of the HMO had received a letter several weeks earlier asking the residents to stop feeding feral cats because they were causing a nuisance.
Bullington was the Simpsonville trapper discussed in the article shown above for PoC where I described the circumstances but didn’t name him. With such a serious charge, I prefer to wait for a media link to verify.
The cats are still missing. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
Please note I use the work ‘allegedly’ because I don’t have information at this time as to whether Bullington is disputing any of the charges. By law, cats trapped humanely must be turned over to a shelter. It would be careless for a business that traps animals to not know what to do with them after they’re trapped.
This article was breaking news and more information is likely to come in.