Carroll Gardener Defends Threatened Cat Poisoning, Says They Don't Hate Cats
In reference to the Parking lot/ cat story in the Daily news and on Fox 5 which was featured on 01/14/08, let it be known that the owner of that lot did not post the signs; it was one of the tenants that rent a spot in the lot. That’s not to say that some of us are saying that this person is wrong for posting the sign. In fact by threatening to soak the food with ammonia seems to be the only way to get anyone’s attention.One can understand how threatening to poison cats could be misinterpreted as a desire to do them harm or for an intense dislike of them. One gets the feeling we haven't heard the last of this weird and unpleasant little story.
Back in September someone started to feed the stray cats in the area by putting plates of food out. It first started with a plate which was placed in front of the entrance to the lot on Sackett and Hicks Street. They then decided that they were going to squeeze the plate through the fence to place the food on the other side of the fence. As if this wasn’t enough, the plates then became pans and the pans became a half of Turkey during the holidays.
Signs were put up a number of times asking this person to stop putting food out on the property, which may I add, is private property. Instead of stopping they choose to rip the signs down.
This is an active parking lot and is no place for cats. Putting food out for the cats is also attracting rats. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is rats, and that’s what the food is attracting. The other problem is that the cats are climbing and sitting on the hoods of the cars, scratching the cars as they slide off. The other side of all this is the safety of these animals. Putting food out in the parking lot is just putting them in danger of getting hit by a car. The last thing any of the tenants in the lot wants to do is hurt an animal
After posting signs up a number of different times asking this person to stop, one of the another tenants decided to post a sign threating to soak the food with ammonia. This seem to be the only way to get this person's attention, which seemed to work.
What I want to know is this. What gives this person the right to go on someone else's property and do what they want? If the owner wanted to feed the cats they would have done so themselves. This person is not only littering but they are trespassing.
Now I’m going to say this in PLAIN ENGLISH. We would like this person to stop putting the food out on the lot. That is all we are requesting. It’s really a very simple request. We're NOT looking to hurt any animals in any way. We just want this person to stop.
I Really wish ANDREA BENSON [a neighbor who called the ASPCA] would of taken the time out to find out what was going on in the parking lot. In stead she put this story out there and now we the tenants look like cat haters. Which we are not.
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