Cats Being Poisoned And Disappearing From One Neighborhood
(Jonesboro, AR) Is there a cat “napper” on the loose in Jonesboro Arkansas?
Some people living in one upscale neighborhood on the city’s south side, say as many as seven pet cats have disappeared in the past year and two of the cats were poisoned.
Jill Storer said her family is still shocked over the death of their pet cat, “You don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone. Because we take for granted that our pets are always going to be here.”
A small wooden cross marks the final resting place for “Socks” the cat.
The black and white calico had been part of the Storer family of Jonesboro for 12 years and was in remarkably good health.
But over the weekend she became very ill after being outside.
She died Monday night, “My kids just adored her. She was our family pet.”
A Jonesboro veterinarian told the Storer’s, “Socks” was poisoned.
What concerns the Storer family and others living in this part of the Barrington Park subdivision, is “Socks” was the seventh cat to disappear in as many months, and the second to die.
Daya Shipman is also missing her pet cats, “I had two disappear within two weeks of each other, which we found to be more than a coincidence and a little strange. because they had lived outdoors here for almost seven years here with no problems.”
Shipman said all the cats involved were spayed and neutered and considered “indoor/outdoor” pets, ”Do we take it serious? very serious.”
Sargent Larry Rogers, supervisor of Jonesboro Animal Control, said his officers are looking into the case.
He believes some cats could have fallen prey to coyotes roaming the woods near the subdivision or accidentally eaten poison lawn fertilizers and antifreeze, “Cats and dogs, that’s very sweet to them. they will lick that up, in thinking it’s a treat and it will kill them.”
Until someone can solve the mystery, cat lovers like Daya Shipman who has two missing cats, are left to think the worst, “Especially when I know the suffering that “Socks”, the Storer’s cat went through. I now can think, ‘that’s probably the suffering my cats endured.”