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Is it illegal to poison cats?


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I talked to a woman in my community's home owner's association. She talked about seeing some kittens at the front gate, and I told her that I had taken them in. She was relieved, saying that she knows residents in the neighborhood hate cats and have complained about them.

She then told me that the security guards will put out poison in a few days to kill the cats. It was on order from the home owner's association.

The cats in my neighborhood may all be strays, but some may be owned outdoor cats. I can't imagine that this could be legal.

What do you all suggest I do? I am hoping I can catch the mother of the kittens I have taken in and drive her to my animal shelter as soon as possible. But what about the others? :(

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You'll have to check the laws where you live.

When I lived in a condo complex legally we could set out traps (cages) to catch them & surrender them to the SPCA. I lived in the complex for 18 1/2 years and to my knowledge the traps were never used though they were available.

umm OMG... I guess call the local police department?  I know in my area there are laws about abuse to animals, (Poisoning seems to be in that category to me).  If the police are not the ones who deal with that, then I am sure they will know who to direct you to. 

Try calling your city's animal control.  I don't know about the legality, but it does not seem right given that someone's pet could get poisoned.  Trapping is a much more humane option, and most of the time animal control can help you with that (i.e. lend you some traps) or at least give you the name of an organization that can.

Hmmm...I wonder.  Rat poison is one thing if it's well documented and labeled, but catfood with poison just strikes me as very wrong.

Trapping unwanted animals is a bit problematic, but the local municipality or county probably has a department that deals with it.  I never thought to call for cats, but possums, raccoons, skunks they'll happily provide a trap and haul away the catch.  I can see where feral cats become a problem though.

Pet owners should put an identifying tag on their cats if they're going to wander at large...now that I think about it, I'll have to nudge my housemate about that for her cats.

Original Post by muttlover:

I talked to a woman in my community's home owner's association. She talked about seeing some kittens at the front gate, and I told her that I had taken them in. She was relieved, saying that she knows residents in the neighborhood hate cats and have complained about them.

She then told me that the security guards will put out poison in a few days to kill the cats. It was on order from the home owner's association.

The cats in my neighborhood may all be strays, but some may be owned outdoor cats. I can't imagine that this could be legal.

What do you all suggest I do? I am hoping I can catch the mother of the kittens I have taken in and drive her to my animal shelter as soon as possible. But what about the others? :(

I'm thinking it is illegal to poison cats, and I would alert the humane society/animal control to come talk to her about it, and also to help you guys out with setting cat traps.

I've set them before..you can take trapped cats to a shelter/rescue, or if you've found someone to take them in...you know..anywhere you can.

It's so not cool to poison cats obviously and I would mention this to the landlady or whomever proposed doing it.

 

 

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Original Post by raychelc:

I'm thinking it is illegal to poison cats, and I would alert the humane society/animal control to come talk to her about it, and also to help you guys out with setting cat traps.

I've set them before..you can take trapped cats to a shelter/rescue, or if you've found someone to take them in...you know..anywhere you can.

It's so not cool to poison cats obviously and I would mention this to the landlady or whomever proposed doing it.

 

 

 All of this plus what if someone's dog or other wildlife ate the food?  Contact the Humane Society http://www.humanesociety.org/

Our local animal control definitely takes trapped cats but won't take any trapped wild animal.  There is a wildlife rescue organization that will help with that, though.  Search online for cat rescue groups in your area and give them a call to see what the options are to rescue these kitties, in addition to animal control regarding the proposed poisoning.  If that doesn't help I'd probably call the local news!!

I talked to the HOA, and they said it was actually a couple of residents who stated their plans to lay out poison for the cats. I would usually think that the HOA would be partially responsible for allowing the person to do this without warning or threat of prosecution, but I can't find any laws to support it.

I was thinking the exact same thing, karakd. There are lots of people in this community who walk their dogs all around. Not to mention, there are lots of young kids.

As obnoxious as it sounds, I will be posting fliers at every mail box stating that someone in the community is planning to set out poison, and that all pet owners need to take caution for their animals. I will also state the legal punishment that will be set against any resident who does this.

The HOA should take the stand that it is illegal to do illegal things on the premises.  It's probably mentioned in the association rules somewhere that illegal activities are not supported.

There was a thing on the news a while back about peoples cats being ill and throwing up weird coloured food and having to be rushed to the vet, apparantly someone in the neighbourhood had been putting out poisoned cat treats for them. They were trying to find who it was to arrest them. So, I'm fairly certain it's illegal, and if I found out who it was I'd like to sneak a few choice chemicals into their fridge. Buuuut I'm not sure, people put rat poison down knowing full well cats will then eat them, and that kids and dogs are around and thats allowed. Not to mention wildlife. Thanks for killing the barnowls and my nans cats farmer man. Good show.

In Sweden for a long time it was legal to kill cats.

But prety much everywhere else it's illegal I think. Why not just call the SPCA to do a pick up as opposed to killing them off?

If it's not illegal it really should be. I am very disappointed in your HOA. They should be notifying the authorities when residents admit to planning to do this. I hope you find a solution to this, Mutt. :(

My cat does what he wants. I honestly couldn't keep him inside if I wanted to. Thank god all my neighbors are pet lovers. I would definitely have to think of something drastic to do if I found out one of them were putting out poison to poison the neighborhood cats. Several of my neighbors have cats that also roam the neighborhood.. seems everyone leaves out food (including myself) for all our cats.

Bast*rds!

Original Post by smwhipple:

Pet owners should put an identifying tag on their cats if they're going to wander at large...now that I think about it, I'll have to nudge my housemate about that for her cats.

 it's very difficult to keep outdoor cats collared for very long. they get caught on branches of trees, or fences & the cats pull their heads out of them. you could replace the collar 20 times a year but your tag is lost with the collar it was on.

Not only is it illegal, it is immoral.

Death by poisoning is a very painful way to die.  It doesn't happen instantly like in the movies.  The animals suffer; writhing in pain for hours before the poison finally destroys their internal organs enough so they finally die.

Causing or allowing animals to suffer falls into the realm of animal abuse and cruelty.  This is serious business.  Poisoning animals (aka Animal Abuse) is so illegal that it is a felony in 34 out of 50 states:

http://www.animallawcoalition.com/animal-crue lty/article/38

http://www.lisaviolet.com/cathouse/cruelty.ht ml

A person can certainly see some jail time for this kind of nonsense.  And I for one hope they do.

I have five cats and they are 90% indoor.  Even I understand that cats are animals and I consider it abuse to keep them locked up indoors their entire lives.

There is a daily routine in my house where every morning the cats are let out into the back yard to frolic and hunt for bugs.  We stay out there with them and make sure they don't jump the fence.  If they do, it is a simple matter of just calling them back in.  They know they are doing something they are not allowed to do and they run back to us when they see that we have caught them red-handed.

We do have a Russian Blue stray that we rescued earlier this year and we do keep a collar and leash on him and he doesn't seem to mind it at all as long as the leash is long enough for him to reach the flower bed where he hunts lizards, mice and grasshoppers.

In the evenings my wife and I fix ourselves some drinks and we repeat the process as we watch the sunset together.  The cats get at least three to four hours of supervised outdoor time each day.  It is good for them and good for my wife and I because it gets us off our butts and into some fresh air for a few hours each day.

Just a final note:  If it is at all possible to keep an eye on your cats and dogs when they are outside, you should do it.  There are a lot of people out there that honestly hate cats and dogs, and they are often the last person you would ever suspect.  If you are in the mood to be infuriated, check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FObxOfwAvF0

 I was relieved to see that the cat (Lola) is fine today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFq7IfYTWGw&am p;feature=related

 

 

back when I was a teenager..... 30 years ago.... I think my cat was poisoned.... he was an outdoor cat.. we lived in a wooded community.  He came home one night and was acting so wierd, my mom and I thought he was possessed by the Devil.  The next day he was dead...  we found him stiff in the garage :|    We concluded he was poisoned.  Don't ask me why we didnt' take him to the vets, IDK.. I would be on the phone with my vet if it happen today.  Mom was in charge, I think she was afraid of him at that point.

I don't think poisoning is a good option

Where I came from, it's legal, so long as the owner of a property is putting the poison on THEIR property. In your case, I don't know. I'd definitely let it be known that you take issue with this, despite the legalities.

I'm glad you all think this is BS, too.

I called up my non-emergency police number and was referred to a more specific department. The guy told me that it is illegal to poison companion and feral cats; however, because no crime has been committed yet, he can't do anything.

So unless I got solid evidence, like video-taping someone setting down poison, the authorities can't find and punish the jerk.

I didn't ask, but I think the HOA should be charged with something if this does happen for a) not telling the resident that poisoning animals is illegal, and b) not taking all precautions to inform neighbors of a hazard (poison available to other pets and children).

Either way, tonight I will type up the fliers and put them up tonight or tomorrow. I think pet owners and parents have a right to know that poison could be set out for their pets and children to nibble on.

 

Solid idea with the flyers, mutt. I would totally help you put them up...if I weren't probably thousands of miles away. :( LOL, flyering, petitioning, leaftletting...all things that immediately perk my ears.

It should only be illegal if they belong to someone (property damage).

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