‘It’s hor­ri­ble to see’

West­mount woman con­cerned af­ter death of feral cats

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN

The deaths of six or seven cats on Ful­ton Av­enue within a cou­ple of weeks has caused one res­i­dent to call SPCA An­i­mal Cru­elty be­cause she sus­pects they are be­ing poi­soned.

“They scream in pain, con­vulse and lose the use of their hind legs and co­or­di­na­tion be­fore they col­lapse. It’s hor­ri­ble to see,” said the woman, who asked to be un­named for fear her pets would be tar­geted.

“They are dy­ing in a very painful way. What­ever kind of poi­son it is, it’s bad. They’re drag­ging, crawl­ing through the grass, try­ing to get home.”

The woman be­lieves the cats stay at a home on the street at night and dur­ing the day she and other homeowners on the street feed the cats.

“It’s heart­break­ing. It’s not the cats’ fault… but even the kit­tens have been poi­soned. Oh my God, it’s hor­ri­ble.”

On Tuesday, the woman saw another cat, scream­ing in pain, drag­ging it­self to a nearby home. She called the SPCA An­i­mal Cru­elty di­vi­sion who con­firm they re­sponded to the call and took the cat to a vet­eri­nar­ian.

“We were able to take in one cat that was dis­play­ing some ab­nor­mal signs,” said Joanne Lands­burg, chief provin­cial in­spec­tor with the SPCA.

“Un­for­tu­nately the cat had to be eu­th­a­nized for med­i­cal rea­sons.”

Fur­ther tests are be­ing done to de­ter­mine cause of death and poi­son isn’t be­ing ruled out.

“At this point in time, the vet­eri­nar­ian is sus­pect­ing it could have been poi­soned with some­thing like anti-freeze,” Lands­burg said.

“When an an­i­mal in­gests anti-freeze, it can some­times show sim­i­lar signs to what it dis­played in our hospi­tal.”

Car­men Dunn, pres­i­dent of the Feral and Aban­doned Cat So­ci­ety, con­firmed they have been help­ing con­trol the cat pop­u­la­tion in that area with their spay and neuter pro­gram.

“It is ex­tremely dis­turb­ing to learn that some­one might be in­ten­tion­ally bring­ing harm to th­ese cats. The cats have been fixed, they are cared for with food and shel­ter, and they are just try­ing to live their lives,” Dunn said.

“They do not de­serve to be sub­jected to cru­elty and suf­fer­ing.”

Steve Gille­spie, coun­cil­lor for District 4, said he hasn’t re­ceived any complaints about the is­sue and he will be look­ing into it.

The woman is hop­ing the cats can be re-homed so they will be safe. Watch­ing them suf­fer like this is hard for the an­i­mal lover.

“About two-weeks ago, I was bawl­ing for the whole en­tire day be­cause there was one par­tic­u­lar cat that came up on my step all day long, all she wanted to do was cud­dle. I al­most took her in… Now that kit­ten’s dead. It’s hor­ri­ble,” she said.

An­i­mal Cru­elty is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing and is ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 1–888– 703-7722.


Th­ese are a few of the feral cats that live on Ful­ton Av­enue in West­mount. Three of th­ese cats have now died and a woman said they showed signs of be­ing poi­soned.

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