JEFFERSON, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – The plight of a handful of cats was at the center of a press conference on Wednesday.
The press conference was hosted by the Humane Society of Louisiana and focused on a dozen cats.
The association has reason to believe that some cats “are victims of violence or kidnapping in the parish of Jefferson”.
There is a colony of 10 to 15 cats that spend their time around Lafrenière Park in Métairie.
A group of people in the community are taking care of these cats and as the summer progressed the number of cats in the colony decreased, according to the charity.
“Shortly after noticing that some were missing, they found two carcasses together and a third body a few days later,” according to the Humane Society of Louisiana.
Two of these cats were taken to LSU Animal Disease and Diagnostic Lab in Baton Rouge.
Tests confirmed that the cats had been shot by an air pistol.
One was shot in the head and the other was injured in the throat and chest.
According to the Humane Society of Louisiana, “both also had traces of antifreeze (ethylene glycol) in their systems.”
A police report has been filed but as of this writing there are no suspects.
At that time, only half of the original settlement remained near the park.
“Cats are often targets of violence, and we are determined to dissuade people from harming, injuring or killing them,” said Jeff Dorson, Director of HSLA. “Cats are wonderful creatures and many of them happen to live outdoors. However, it is important that we leave them alone and allow those who care for them by sterilizing and feeding them to do so safely. Those who mutilate or kill them must also be held responsible and charged accordingly. “
The Humane Society of Louisiana is also working to help a married couple from Westwego locate their 10 missing cats.
Ramona and Robert Sanders search for their missing cats, some of which are pictured below:
These cats went missing after the couple returned from vacation in October.
The couple have questions, but no answers as to why their cats are missing.
Cats are older and most need medication.
“We are constantly worried about our cats, especially since some need medication and require special diets,” Sanders said. “We are also concerned that with the onset of winter, they will not have enough shelter and may starve.”
There are two rewards available for anyone who can help solve these mysteries.
The first is strictly from the Humane Society of Louisiana.
They are offering $ 1,000 to anyone who can help find who is responsible for the killing and poisoning of the cats near Metarie Park.
The second reward concerns the missing cats.
A reward fund totaling $ 1,500 is available for anyone who can help find the ten cats.
If you have any information that might help in these cases, please call the Humane Society at 1-888-6-HUMANE (486-263).