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Police investigating poisoning of cats in Oldham County

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Danielle Anderson Danielle Anderson
Michele Culp Michele Culp

LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) – A reward is being offered after several cats were found dead in Oldham County and police say they were poisoned. La Grange Police said they know of six cats that died as a result of being poisoned and they believe there could be many more.

The poisonings happened in a neighborhood where the feral cat problem seemed to be getting out of control, but now police need your help to find out who decided to take matters into their own hands.

"The food bowl had tuna and chicken in it along with antifreeze," said Officer Doug Hickerson with La Grange Police.

That mixture led to a disturbing sight at an apartment complex on Anchor Avenue in La Grange. Danielle Anderson saw the after effects of the poison.

"They were seizing, some of them were foaming at the mouth," said Anderson.

"It was definitely a deliberate poisoning and a very horrible way for an animal to die," said Hickerson.

Anderson said at one time there were about 40 cats roaming around and tenants would leave food out for them each day.

"Now that they aren't here, we're kind of upset, upset that somebody would want to do that to them," said Anderson.

But Anderson said not everyone was pleased.

"There has been neighbors that have said ‘we can do something to take care of them,'" said Anderson.

During the summer, the Humane Society of Oldham County got involved to help with the population by spaying and neutering the cats.

"I think it is pretty well documented that once you start altering the colony, you do stop the reproduction and eventually you can get the colony to get smaller and smaller over time," said Michele Culp, president of Humane Society of Oldham County.

While understanding that many cats may be annoying, Hickerson said there are much better ways to handle the situation.

"You set out poison out in the open for anybody or anything to get then you've really done something horrible in my mind," said Hickerson. "I don't understand how somebody's heart can be so blackened that they could do that to innocent creatures."

La Grange Police do have a couple suspects in this case. The Humane Society of Oldham County is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to a conviction.

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