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Publish Date: 3/2/2005

Cats found dead in Dacono
By Douglas Crowl


DACONO — Eleven suspected poisoned cats have turned up dead near a feeding site city officials were using to battle a feral cat problem.

More than 100 wild cats roam around trailer homes in the city’s Glens neighborhood mating with each other, according to officials.

Colin Berry, program coordinator with the Humane Society of the United States, said at least one cat tested positive for antifreeze poisoning and officials believe the other cats were poisoned as well.

Beginning last month, volunteers and police began feeding the feral cats to congregate them in one area to be trapped.

The first trapping should begin in a couple weeks, Dacono community resource officer Kelli Revoir said.

The city is working with nonprofit groups who spay and neuter the feral cats by trapping them and then performing the surgery onsite in a bus. Sick cats will be euthanized. Healthy ones will be released back into the city after they have recovered.

Revoir acknowledged that she found the dead cats in Dacono near one of the feeding areas, but was hesitant to give details, fearing a repeat offense.

Berry offered a $2,500 reward last week after she was contacted about the cat deaths.

“Whether these cats were owned or not, that’s unknown,” Berry said.

Officials believe the poisoning is unrelated to another Dacono cat story capturing headlines in recent days.

On Friday, police used a search warrant at the Dacono home of Bud and Pamela Flanders to begin removing at least 30 cats living at the house, most infected with ringworm or feline herpes.

The Longmont Humane Society is holding 23 cats captured at the home and is still waiting for a report from a veterinarian about treating the animals.

Though the Flanders’ cats are not considered feral because they had a home, Longmont Humane Society spokeswoman Brianna Beauveait told the Times-Call on Monday that they could have added to the feral cat population. Many of the Flanders’ cats are male, not neutered and were free to roam outside.

Pamela Flanders was taken into custody Monday at a Days Inn in Del Camino after threatening suicide. She is being held on a 72-hour mental watch, according to Weld County Sheriff’s officials.

Animal cruelty Charges are still pending for the Flanders.

Revoir said the city is just two weeks away from beginning to solve its feral cat problems humanely and fears that those plans could be jeopardized.

But Berry said it’s better that people know about the antifreeze incident.

“It’s a public safety issue,” she said, adding that domestic cats are in danger of poisoning, as well.

Douglas Crowl can be reached at 303-684-5253, or by e-mail at dcrowl@times-call.com.

 

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