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Ottawa County cats found poisoned

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A Northwest Ohio man claims cats in an Ottawa County community are being poisoned and he wants it to stop. It's happening in the historic Lakeside community, which is just east of Port Clinton.

Phil Wolf has been summering in Lakeside his entire life. He says a number of the cats he cares for have come up missing or been found dead in recent months and he says he has proof that some of them have been poisoned, "It's terrible, I feel helpless. I don't know what to do."

Wolf says the trouble started on his quiet Lakeside street last fall when four of the cats he cares for were found dead. He says three more cats disappeared this spring and it didn't stop there, "The worst day of my life recently was this Memorial Day when we woke up and found two of our favorite cats we've raised since they were kittens, one was dead by my car and the other was dead under my cottage."

Phil and his wife wanted answers, so they had testing done on some of the cats,"We were so upset that we had cat autopsies done on their bodies and that confirmed that they had both been poisoned.  The poisoning has continued since then."

The Ottawa County Humane Society is investigating and cruelty officers say what's happening is criminal. The head of Lakeside says they do not tolerate poisoning any animals and they will prosecute anyone who does. Phil is hoping a reward helps crack the case, "We're going to put up posters offering a $3,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is doing this. My hope is someone knows and comes forward." 

You can contact the Ottawa County Humane Society at hsocpets@yahoo.com or by calling 419-734-4353

Until then, Phil says seeing these pictures of the cats he loved, motivates him to keep going, "Frankly I don't know how the person who has done this sleeps at night . I just want them caught. I want it stopped."

Like a lot of communities there's an ongoing feral cat problem in Lakeside. There is a program in place there to trap the cats, have them spayed or neutered and then release them back to their colonies. Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the Danbury Police Department at (419) 732 -2549 or e-mail policeinvestigaitons@danburypolice.com.

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