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Reward offered in Mountain View cat shooting

Original post made on May 26, 2010

The Palo Alto Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a cat in Mountain View earlier this month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 11:31 AM

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Posted by JT
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Wow. That has got to be the toughest cat in the world. Three shots couldn't bring her down.

Why would anyone shoot a cat? So not cool. I hope whoever did this gets shot themselves.


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Posted by felix
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm

you know what they say, 9 lives. They person who did that is seriously messed up and should be apprehended.


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Posted by The Eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Well since outdoor cats don't actually *belong* in the ecosystem, I'm not surprised that this kind of thing happens, from time to time.

From www.abcbirds.org:

THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND WILDLIFE

For more information visit www.abcbirds.org

Keep your cat indoors!

If you love wildlife, keep you cat indoors because:

Everyday, cats kill between 4 and 5 million birds in the U.S.
Collar bells don't work. Birds and other wildlife do not associate bells with being stalked.
Despite being well fed, cats will hunt small wild animals.
Most young birds leave the nest before they are able to fly well, spending a day or two on the ground as they learn. These fledglings are frequently caught by cats.
Most of the birds caught by cats, but not killed outright, die of their injuries or infection.
Cats that kill small rodents can eliminate a critical food source for owls and hawks.
If you love your cat, keep it inside because:

Cars kill millions of cats each year.
Outdoor cats are exposed to serious, and often fatal, infectious diseases such as feline leukemia and rabies.
Parasites such as fleas, ticks and intestinal worms pose a health threat to your cat. Some of these can be transmitted to humans.
Outdoors, cats can be chased by dogs or other cats, and killed, injured or lost.
Cats are often shot at, poisoned, trapped or tortured by neighbors who are annoyed by cats using their gardens as a litter box or hunting grounds.
Cats that spend time outdoors require more medical treatment and their life span is much shorter than cats who live indoors. Outdoor cats live an average of 2 - 5 years, while indoor cats live an average of 17+ years.



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Posted by homegirl
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

OK, Mr. Eye,
I am certain you do not have children, or at least are not active enough in their lives to know that if you subsitute the word 'child' or 'human' for everytime you used the word 'cat', you will sound completely paranoid and out of touch.
No, I'm not a crazy cat person, but c'mon, these are animals with free will and spirits.
What do you think would happen if 'everyone kept their cats inside'? Well, for one, the 4-5 million birds killed per day in the US alone that would now 'live' if we kept the cats inside would destroy every crop in sight.
Cats ARE part of the ecosystem, and rodent control is also one of their skills and hobbies. How do you think natural selection really works in this day and age of genetically modifies foods, etc?
If anything, we should be turning all of the cats loose just to balance things out.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Yet no reward in the beating behind the downtown nightclub


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Posted by A person
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm

FYI "The Eye" no one really cares to read your Debbie Downer comments. This point of this article is to celebrate the fact that this cat is recovering. You might want to take your negativity elsewhere.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Seems like what 'the eye' said is pretty much what most vets we ever took our cats to said


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Posted by Commander McBragg
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

I agree with The Eye 100%. If you have a pet, keep it in your yard and get it neutered. If it's out running around, it's fair game. I think it's ridiculous that someone spent the time and money to keep this cat alive, when the animal shelter is already filled with them. I'm glad The Eye posted because it shows there's at least one sane person out there.


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Posted by homegirl
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2010 at 8:33 am

millions of birds will reproduce without the cat as their natural predator. What are the consequences of that?


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Posted by AJ
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

The cat that was shot did not have an owner. It was part of a feral cat colony.

Feral cats are part of the ecosystem. Cats are outdoor animals just like deer, boars, birds, elephants, etc. Humans domesticated them and not by a cat's choice.

However, I do agree that people who choose to own cats should keep them indoors for health and safety reasons for the cat.


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Posted by catmando
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 28, 2010 at 11:29 am

I agree with the EYE. Most vets have said the same thing. How stupid to spend so much time and money saving a cat when shelters are overrun by them, and euthenizing hundreds by day. I cut open a cat like that one in my anatomy class.


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