Rash Of Dead Cats In Farmville

More than two dozen cats in one town in the east have turned up dead in recent months and officers are looking into who or what is killing them.

Farmville Police says most of the dead cats are turning up in the Northeastern side of town.

We're told that four to five cats turn up dead in a week. Many of the cats were on their owner's property when they were mutilated.

Farmville police first thought it was a pack of wild dogs in the area killing cats, then officers realized it's a pet owner, who is letting their dogs out at night. Officers say now, they hope to find the owner responsible.

Chief Greene says if the dog owner is found responsible for allowing the dogs to run free they could face a fine of up to $175 dollars.


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  • by catty Location: Farmville on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    In the meantime, why in the world don't people keep their cats inside until all this is cleared up?? That would certainly help a lot!
  • by Justin Wilkes Location: farmville on Sep 22, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    Just a training excirsize for pittbulls fighting club,taste of blood.
  • by bleh Location: farmville on Sep 21, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    well you have to agree with Vince's comment in a way; leash laws apply to cats as well as dogs, as well as any other animals:ie; rabbits,hampsters, ect. while it is a terrible thing to have a pet killed by another animal, it does remain the responsibility of the pet owner to keep it safe.
  • by John Location: 5651 hwy 258 on Sep 20, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    DEAD CATS Saturday morning our BLACK/WHITE cat (KATIE) was attacked and killed by dogs,about 1:30am. This is our fourth (4th) cat killed in the last year. The first time the dog went in the garage and drug the cat around with (TIGAR) bleeding all over the floor in two rooms. I personal know of 26 cats that have loss there lives.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Sep 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    There should be a law against letting an animal run free. If they find the person(s) letting their dog(s) run free, they should fine them. Every person that reports a dead cat should also be fined the same amount. After all, their animal is running free... right? If the cat owners didn't let their cats run free (and reproduce) they wouldn't have suffered the cruel consequences of their irresponsible actions. The only positive side to this story is that the one or few dog(s) killing these cats have saved the lives of literally hundreds of wild animals the cats would have killed over time. Overall, this situation will likely result in a decrease of animal cruelty, suffering, and loss of life. One is being somewhat hypocritical when they criticize the dog owner(s) and ignore the fact the killed cats are likely to have killed magnitudes more animals than the dog(s) ever will.
  • by Ann Location: Pitt County on Sep 20, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    From what I understand these poor cats are not being eaten they are just being killed. So it is probably not a coyote. It is very sad and very scary for pet owners. My cat is an indoor animal and is NOT allowed out, I would be terrifed all of the time about prediators, and her possibly getting hit by a car. My thoughts and prayers go to each of the pet owners that have lost a beloved cat. I would be devastated if one of those dead animals were mine.
  • by Mike Location: Richlands on Sep 20, 2009 at 12:20 AM
    Maybe Pete is on to something about coyotes, I hear them all the time where I live. Although I am out in the county, not in town, I suppose coyotes could prwol around there too. Although if it is a domesticated dog the owner should be fined for more than just the loose animal thing.
  • by Mimi Location: new bern on Sep 19, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    I say the owner of the dogs pay $500 plus do community service at an animal shelter. That will teach him to appreciate animals more, and to think about other people's feelings.
  • by Bren Location: Farmville on Sep 19, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    Thank you so much WITN moderator.... that makes me feel better. Still miss mine though....
  • by Just-wondering Location: Eastern NC on Sep 19, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    As I understand it, the $175 is for violation of the towns city code and court costs for letting an animal run free. I would hope that if they can find the dog owners that are letting their dogs out, there would be other charges for their dogs killing cats. The $175 is just a fine for any animal running loose.
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