We have approximately 14 TNR (Trap, neuter and release) cats in our neighborhood. They can be easily identified because the City of Houston clips one ear before they rerelease them into our neighborhoods. Most of the residents are okay with this policy because it was explained to us that the animals would reduce the mice and other vermin we have due to construction and general activity. The program was started about three years ago and most of the cats are doing their jobs just fine. I, personally, have adopted one of them and he lives in my backyard. No roaches or mice anywhere.
We had a black kitty named Blackie (appropriately) who was NOT a TNR, but we were trying to capture him so he could be neutered. We had him for almost four years. Unfortunately, instead of catching him we caught five raccoons and five opossums over the course of three months. Blackie watched all of this with disdain. Anyway, a couple of months ago Blackie came home and his little head was covered with blood. It seems that one of my neighbors walked up to him and at point blank range shot him with a BB gun in the head. Luckily, cats have 9 lives. He survived with a big scar and life was good again. Well, two weeks ago, Blackie showed up next door and was moaning, bleeding from the rear and panting. The SPCA, City of Houston and Barc showed up but the cat eluded us. He passed away under a shed in our backyard and the stench was horrific. The City says he was poisoned with antifreeze and he suffered for more than a day. Now I am pissed.
It is against the law to take these matters into your own hands. It is jail time and a large fine if we ever find out who did this. And we are looking. The fear in our neighborhood is that if someone can do this to a cat, what can they do to a small child or an elderly person just walking down the sidewalk? If the cat was a nuisance, why didn’t they just pick up the phone and call the City or the SPCA? That is what our tax dollars are paying for.
My parents were Holocaust survivors and if you think that this didn’t cause nightmares, you are sorely mistaken. I saw what he (only a man could have done this per SPCA ) did to this little cat and I will NOT attend my Neighbor’s Night Out this year because I am afraid of the crazy person who used these tactics. I am retired and am home most days so I hope you can rewrite this letter so it can be published and be a lesson to other people that taking the law into their own hands will solve nothing. Remember basic physics. For every action there is a reaction. Whoever shot and poisoned that cat not only took an animal’s life but took away my sense of neighborhood affinity.
All anyone has to do if a stray kitty pees on something is fill a spray bottle with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water and spray it on your tires or windshield or whatever the kitties might pee on and it immediately takes the scent away and they won’t mark that item again. You can get a spray bottle at Dollar Mart. Picking up a gun and chemicals shows me that the mentality of people has not come very far. The actions of that one person has affected hundreds of people because I have told everyone that I see, as well as through social media. This is NOT the Oak Forest that I moved into 30 years ago.