Sacto 9-1-1
July 1, 2013
Woodland police investigate suspicious deaths of cats

Woodland police are investigating what they say appears to be the intentional killing of several cats in recent weeks.

An officer was dispatched about 5:30 pm. Friday to the Lincoln Manor Apartments at 154 Lincoln Avenue regarding possible animal cruelty. The officer spoke with a resident who had a cat that appeared to have been poisoned, according to a Police Department news release. The resident, who cares for the cat, told the officer that at least five cats in the complex had suffered similar symptoms in the last week, and that at least five other tenants in the complex had reported their cats missing in the past month.

The officer spoke with a second apartment complex resident who stated that five kittens disappeared overnight from his back patio. He said that in the past week, he had discovered at least five other dead kittens stacked next to a trash bin.

Police said a sergeant with Yolo County Animal Control said the agency had recovered a cat from the Lincoln Manor apartment complex last week that had died of poisoning from anit-freeze.

Anyone with information about the poisoning, attempted poisoning or intentional killing of cats is asked to notify the Woodland Police Department or Yolo County Animal Control office.

Police said anyone involved in animal cruelty and animal poisoning could face felony charges, incarceration in state prison and a $20,000 fine.

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