Letter To The Editor: Dead Cats Found On State Road 6Feb 21st, 2012 | By Submitted | Category: Editorials, Letters To The Editor
My name is Debora Gabriel and I live outside of Madison, on State Rd 6.
Yesterday, as I was driving home from Valdosta I happened upon a pile of dead cats on the roadside of State Rd 6 and Old Blue Springs Rd.
When I got home (I live 2 miles down the road), I called Animal Control, but got no answer. It was about 3 or 3:30 pm. I left a detailed message, and then tried to get a cell number for Jamie. After getting no response to my calls, I called again and left another message, stating that I was going to go back and put the cats in plastic bags. It’s almost 9 am the next day, I’ve still not heard back from Animal Control.
My husband and I bagged up 12 beautiful cats. They’re not feral, and one appeared to have been skinned. I did take some photos with my cell phone, but I thought of it after starting to bag up some of the bodies.
There was a dead buzzard in the road, apparently hit by a car, trying to clean up the mess. It was a shocking scene to me.
After speaking with Dr Lewis, he advised me to refrigerate the bodies, not freeze them, if I wanted someone to look at them for cause of death, or identification. So, I have 12 dead cats in my frig, outside in my shed.
I’m thinking that if we could find out who owned these animals, we may be able to find out who did it. I have cats that go outside and am very concerned for the safety of my pets and my neighbor’s pets. Would your newspaper try to help me find out who did this? I’m saving the bodies in case someone can recognize them, or in case some of them have chips for identification. I feel like someone was trying to “make a statement” by blatantly dumping these cats on a major roadway, instead of dumping them in the woods or out of sight.
Please let me know if you can help me. My phone number is 971-5828.