Cat among the pi­geons


Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Jes­sica War­riner

A BROOKDALE res­i­dent has had his home graf­fi­tied and cars smashed in an ap­par­ent re­venge at­tack for trap­ping cats.

Ge­off Han­nan was wo­ken at 2am on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27, by a din out­side.

“I was in bed and I thought the boys were stomp­ing around play­ing on the com­puter,” he said

“I came out and they said some­one’s at­tacked the house.”

The cars at the front of Mr Han­nan’s home had been dam­aged, with one spray­painted, another’s wind­screen smashed, the side win­dow of one car smashed and deep dents down the door of another.

“We’ve had break-ins and stuff be­fore; usu­ally they’ve just gone for some­thing they’ve seen in the car and you get the odd per­son tam­per­ing with fuel,” Mr Han­nan said.

“My son and I got to­gether and thought we’d look around.

“As I backed the car out, I saw ‘cat killer’.”

The words were sprayed on Mr Han­nan’s brick fence.

He said he ob­tained a trap from the City of Ar­madale when cats in the area be­came pro­lific, fight­ing and uri­nat­ing on the prop­erty and scratch­ing cars.

Mr Han­nan said he had caught about 20 cats in the past seven months in the trap, which were col­lected by a ranger.

“Ob­vi­ously peo­ple have seen the ranger com­ing and pick­ing up cats,” Mr Han­nan said.

“I’ve never killed a cat. I’ve al­ways taken care of any cat trapped by cov­er­ing them and pro­tect­ing them from the el­e­ments and plac­ing them on news­pa­pers so they don’t rest on the cold con­crete.”

Mr Han­nan said po­lice sug­gested se­cu­rity cam­eras and lights to pre­vent fur­ther at­tacks.

“It’s caused me quite a bit of stress,” he said. “I’ve been brood­ing about it, think­ing ‘should I say some­thing?’.

“You’ve got to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your cat and that’s just the way it is. They’re a men­ace; you’ve got to get them chipped and de­sexed. Un­less you’re go­ing to go to that ef­fort, don’t bother get­ting a cat.”

Mr Han­nan said he had never sent any cats that looked like they were owned to the ranger.

“I’m go­ing to keep trap­ping,” he said. “They’ve stiff­ened my re­solve now.

“I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to in­vest in se­cu­rity and cer­tainly be a lit­tle more on guard. They want to be care­ful if they are caught.

“I know my rights. I’ll be re­port­ing them to the po­lice.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d474464

Ge­off Han­nan stands by the wall of his home sprayed with the words ‘cat killer’.

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