Multiple cats found dead, neighbors calling for action

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Some pet owners in a Security-Widefield neighborhood believe animals are being poisoned and left for dead.  

Multiple mysterious deaths of several different types of animals, like cats, birds and squirrels, has neighbors asking questions.  

Tabitha Curell and Sarah Blout owned the two cats in the incident, Freddie and Scout. 

"This wasn't just outdoor cats, these are people's pets. These cats had homes and people who were watching out for them. Now they are just gone, we didn't get to say good-bye," said Curell. 

The two cats were found dead on the sidewalk along Grand Valley Drive.  

"Just the fact that somebody just left their bodies on the sidewalk so callously; like they were just garbage," said Curell.  

"At that point, I knew something wasn't right," said Blout. "I strongly believe that they have been poisoned."

Dr. Kirk Sears, an Internal Medicine Specialist at Southern Colorado Veterinary Internal Medicine, said that any animal could begin bleeding from their nose or mouth if exposed to rat poison. 

"My first thought would be some sort of rat poison. That's certainly common in and around houses, and can definitely cause abnormal bleeding. [It] could be nose bleeding, could be blood in the urine or stool," said Dr. Sears.    

But Curell and Blout think the circumstances are suspicious.

"[They were] within an inch of each other, in the exact same position. It just feels very intentional," Curell described.  

Both pet owners have called Animal Control and don't believe they are doing enough to solve the mystery.

"If it's something in the water, we have a right to know that. If it's something poisoning our cats intentionally or on accident, we have the right to know," said Blout.  

Even though it's unclear what happened to these pets, Dr. Sears has some advice. 

"If your pets are going to be roaming the neighborhood, just check on them to see if they are acting normally," said Dr. Sears. He did note the best way to prevent this from happening was to keep your pets inside or on a leash.

Once Curell thought something wasn't right she said she called the police. They directed her back to Animal Control, saying unless Animal Control thinks it's suspicious they won't get involved. However, she doesn't think animal control acted quick enough.  

"When we contacted animal control they immediately said, we would come out and take a look, it was three days later. By then, the cats were in terrible condition. There was no way for them to do any of the testing they normally would do because they had waited so long," said Curell.  

FOX21 reached out to Animal Control about this and to see how many others were reported in the area and have not heard back. 

Dr. Sears said abnormal behavior, staring at the wall, walking in circles, and blood in vomit or stool are all symptoms of your pet being exposed to poison.

If you believe your cat has these symptoms call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 888-426-4435.  

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