(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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