“A long row of white crosses covers two streets along Main Street in Arlington.”
This story starts off like a tragic movie about a war ripping the town apart. Nope. It’s about cats. Someone is killing all the cats in town.
A dozen neighborhood cats have recently died or disappeared in downtown Arlington, and many business owners are turning to police for help because they suspect foul play.
A long row of white crosses covers two streets along Main Street in Arlington. Each cross represents a feral cat that has either gone missing or has been found dead in recent weeks. Hughes stopped next to a cross with the word “missing” crossed out. It has been replaced with “R.I.P.”
These aren’t house cats, because then this would be a bigger story, but these are strays, but “for more than a decade, the community of business owners and employees along Main Street has cared for the colony of feral cats that call the area home.” The business owners take turns making sure the cats have plenty of food and water. Through its trap-neuter-return program, the Friends of Arlington Animal Shelter has also ensured that the cats are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. So these cats are cared for. Well, they were…
But, in the past two weeks, the cats have stopped coming around to their food bowls. Neighbors have reported finding a dozen of them dead, and many more missing. Suspecting foul play, one business owner filed a police report.
The business owners think the food bowls they leave out are being tampered, possibly poisoned, and just like a bad TV drama there’s a suspect…
Neighbors said that threats had previously been made by someone in the community. Hughes said, “Something to the effect of ‘What would you do if your cats came up missing or dead?’”
Since they can’t point paws at a possible killer, the town is doing the next best thing — raising money to hire a hitman to take him/her out! Kind of..
This community of downtown Arlington neighbors has started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for a large reward. It is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of whoever is responsible for killing the cats.
So far they’ve raised $990. Not enough to get a decent hitman. Maybe some security guards though.
[via CBS Local]