Residents claim cat killer on the loose in Bradenton neighborhood

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:40 pm | Updated: 10:43 pm, Tue Mar 5, 2013.

BRADENTON, Fla.  - Could a cat killer be on the loose in a Bradenton neighborhood? Some residents seem to think so. In the last month, neighbors report more than ten missing cats. Some of them have been discovered dead, including 3-year-old Gelley, a feline belonging to Wendy Colbert.

"For this person to think it is okay to kill someone's pet is preposterous. People love their pets almost as much as they love their children."

Colbert believes someone fed her cat rat poisoning after it wandered outside of her home last Friday.  "In high doses, it causes bleeding," said Colbert. "That is the cause of death. Those were the only symptoms on my cat."

Colbert believes a fellow resident is purposely killing the neighborhood cats.  "This person needs to be brought to justice," said Colbert.

However, according to Bradenton Police Captain Warren Merriman, there is no evidence at this time that points to any person maliciously killing the cats.

"I do not think we have a serial cat killer," said Merriman. "I ask any pet owner to keep an eye on their pet, and keep them inside or on a leash. Just make sure you talk to your neighbors and let them know you have a cat that gets out occasionally."

In response to the cat issue, neighbors in the Village of the Arts are forming a Neighborhood Watch Program.

If you have any information on this story, you are asked to contact the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300.

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  • global posted at 12:19 am on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

    global Posts: 6


  • Realistic posted at 11:17 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    Realistic Posts: 4

    Wildlife laws exist at the federal and state level that are designed to protect species such as migratory birds, and those listed as endangered or threatened. Properly applied, these existing laws could be effective in discouraging the use of TNR and cat colonies as a way to attempt to manage the free-roaming cat population in this country. In addition, local governments enact ordinances to control both domestic and wild animals in their jurisdictions. However, most local government ordinances in existence are not effectively treating the problem of free-roaming cats, and are, in some cases, even exacerbating the problem. Manatee County Animal Services is violating Federal Law by releasing cats into the wild to kill Migratory Animals.

  • lenny712 posted at 11:15 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    lenny712 Posts: 1

    Praying he or she is caught soon.2weeks ago we put our cat Slyvester to sleep after being with us for 17 years and it about killed us.So we know how this people feel who have lost there babies.They are a part of our family.But some people just think of them as cats or dogs and they have no hearts to do a thing like this.Pray they get a jail sentenes when caught they deserive it.Will keep it in prayer that no more babies go missing and for the ones who have gone missing.God Bless

  • Jeff H posted at 7:49 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Jeff H Posts: 1

    I don't condone the killing of animals but I believe there's a law prohibiting animals from running at large. Cat owners seem to think they are exempt for some reason. I don't own a cat and personally hate finding cat prints, scratches, and urine on my car. Trapping and turning over to the animal shelter is a better solution. That way the neighbor is fined and will keep the cat indoors or doesn't come and get the cat. EIther way, problem solved.

  • dgardner2000 posted at 2:46 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    dgardner2000 Posts: 15

    Yes the cats should not have been out. These pet owners are redneck hicks. White Trash....etc. Don't whack the cat. Call a rescuel group.

  • dgardner2000 posted at 2:42 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    dgardner2000 Posts: 15

    Dude don't let me catch you snuffing a cat. I'll be in jail but, uh, unfortunately you won't be around to see itl

  • billy schleppegrell posted at 2:02 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    billy schleppegrell Posts: 1

    a neighborhood watch for stray cats? really. and then what?..keep your cats out of my kid's sandbox. It's the irresponsible pet owners that need to be fined.

  • Sadie posted at 12:01 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    Sadie Posts: 1

    Cats belong INDOORS!!!!

  • Scooby posted at 8:24 pm on Sat, Mar 2, 2013.

    Scooby Posts: 1

    Im going to be civil about this, as hard as it is. However you, the owner of the cat, have killed your own animals. There are not ordinances allowing dogs or cats to roam freely. It is you, the selfish "caregiver" of these animals, that finds it easy and convenient to leave a dish of food on the porch and say you care for and love your cat. I think it's disgusting for anyone to have a pet, say they love it like their own child and let it roam freely, risking it's life, defecating in human children sandboxes, peoples yards and killing countless song birds and mammals for fun, ruining the local ecosystem like some infestation. This makes you a martyr and a liar and begs for sympathy you do NOT deserve. Keep your pets in your house and confines of your yard, love them, and keep them close like you promised to when you became responsible for it's life. Otherwise, there are no ordinances saying you can not treat infestations and nuisance animals in a manner you see fit. So the next time tabby is laying on the side of the road, sitting in a gas chamber or vomiting blood from poison.....look in the mirror.

  • dizzydancer posted at 4:10 pm on Sat, Mar 2, 2013.

    dizzydancer Posts: 1

    Exactly...I have a cat that would love to get out, but I restrict him...If you love your cats, don't let them out. Irresponsible pet owners just get to me...worked for a vet for so many years only to have to put down unwanted I said...IRRESPONSIBLE....

  • Jeepers12 posted at 10:13 am on Sat, Mar 2, 2013.

    Jeepers12 Posts: 1

    Right, it's that simple. Keep your cat on your own property. I don't want cats digging up my gardens.

  • Alfuso posted at 3:36 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    Alfuso Posts: 2

    Don't Let Your Cats Out!

    Then you won't lose them.

  • Alfuso posted at 3:36 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    Alfuso Posts: 2



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