Cat killers wanted by police in Wakeman

WAKEMAN Cats are quickly losing their nine lives in Wakeman. Wakeman Police Chief Tim
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

WAKEMAN

Cats are quickly losing their nine lives in Wakeman.

Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said someone is poisoning the cats there.

"We're not sure who it is. We had two cats killed last night (Wednesday)," Hunker said.

He said they have had about 15 reported cases of poisonings. Hunker estimates that with unreported cases that figure is closer to 20 cats poisoned in the past two weeks.

It is not just strays that have been poisoned, but a few family pets have also been killed, he said.

Hunker said the area has not had this problem in the past 10 years. Poisoning an animal can bring about a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.

Anyone with information should call the Wakeman police at 440-839-2511.

Hunker also asked that people check under their vehicles for any leaks and to make sure fertilizers are put away. Antifreeze is lethal to animals that ingest it.

Repeated attempts to contact the director of the Huron County Humane Society were unsuccessful.

According to the Web site for the Humane Society of the United States, 337 cases of animal cruelty involving cats were reported by media organizations in 2007. The Humane Society advises if a pet is poisoned, owners should to take it to a veterinarian, report it to local law enforcement and possibly consider civil action in court to recover financial loses.