A total of 13 cats have been killed in a Las Vegas neighborhood, and residents are still looking for the person responsible. Neighbors, concerned citizens and animal rights advocates put together a rally on Saturday on the corner of Arnold Street and Alta Drive to put an end to this terror.
Glenda Callen-Lackey is a proud cat owner and also looks after others that roam the streets but recently, strange things started happening.
"The first one was my Sylvester," Callen-Lackey said. Her cats began to die, one by one. "These are innocent little animals that haven't hurt anyone. Someone is maliciously poisoning them, and we have to do something about it."
"They were confirmed with antifreeze poisoning, and they thought it was maybe an accidental type of thing, but then it progressed and the numbers grew, claiming 13 on Wednesday," said Stacia Newman, president of Nevada Political Action for Animals.
Callen-Lackey's cat, Tigger, was the latest to be rushed to the veterinary hospital this past week. Unfortunately, Tigger did not survive.
Neighbors began keeping their cats indoors as the number of poisoned cats began to rise in the community. "No, she is better off inside and if we put her out, we will put a leash on her," said Mario Zermeno.
Neighbors and supporters rallied together, puzzled by how anyone could be behind something so terrible. "Every cat in this neighborhood is fixed and has had their shots. And they are cared for," said Callen-Lackey.
A reward fund is now being offered for the arrest or conviction of the person or people responsible for the killings.
"We don't let our cat out. We care about our pet, and the last thing we want to find out is our Frida is dead. And we don't want that," Zermeno said.
A separate case of animal cruelty will be reviewed on Tuesday morning. Two minors are scheduled to appear in juvenile court for the killing of six kittens.
Animal activists are urging anyone with information about these cat killings to call Metro police.
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