SUISUN CITY — The mystery of the missing cats on Kinglet Street may soon be solved.
What started nine months ago with the disappearance of more than a half-dozen cats in the small east Suisun City neighborhood ended Wednesday afternoon with Humane Animal Services citing a neighbor for alleged felony against animals in connection to the suspected trapping and poisoning this week of a neighbor’s cat.
Kinglet Street resident Jenelle Kindt discovered what may have happened to the other cats when she came home Monday night to find her own feline, Marsh Cat, missing.
“I was a little worried,” said Kindt, who described Marsh Cat as an indoor cat who only went outdoors occasionally and usually greeted Kindt whenever she got home.
Kindt woke up at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and started looking for Marsh Cat. She was soon rewarded by hearing Marsh Cat’s meows coming from the other side of a fence in her neighbor’s yard.
Looking over the fence, she said she found Marsh Cat in a cage trap, next to a small bowl containing what she described as a greenish-yellow substance mixed with tuna.
Kindt freed her cat and took Marsh Cat to a local vet for treatment, “and I think they got to her in time.”
She then filed reports with the Suisun City Police Department and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s Animal Care Services.
Officers from Humane Animal Services, backed up by Suisun City police, went Wednesday morning to the house of the person suspected of trapping Kindt’s cat, interviewed the man, collected the trap and other evidence, and then cited him, according to Suisun City Police Cmdr. Tim Mattos.
Once the report is finalized, the matter will be forwarded to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution, said Capt. Steve Hart of Humane Animal Services.
“I am pleased with what has happened,” Kindt said.
She hopes this is the end of the danger to the neighborhood’s cats, she said.
Kindt got some financial relief after she posted a page on www.gofundme.com to raise money to pay for hefty veterinarian bills and, as of late Wednesday morning, raised what she needed from cat lovers who also left messages of support for her.
“That is great,” Kindt said. “That will help us with vet bills.”
Kinglet Street residents Lisa and Bob Favilla had their two cats disappear in October 2013, and Holly Alsbaugh lost her three cats.
Dozens of fliers posted around the neighborhood posted by the Favillas, searches and frequent checks at the Solano County Animal Shelter failed to turn up the missing cats.
Lisa Favilla was glad that the mystery surrounding her lost cats may have been solved, but said she was upset that it may have involved a neighbor.
“We were just shocked and very disappointed,” Favilla said. “Who could do something so evil? I am hoping that this is finally going to stop.”
The number of lost cats eventually climbed to eight, according to Kindt. Two of the cats were eventually found, allegedly suffering from the effects of poisoning. After local news coverage of the disappearances, Kindt thought the losses of neighborhood cats had ended – until Marsh Cat went missing and Kindt found her in the cat trap.
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