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3/5/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Come and get your trap

We live in Silver Springs Estates in Golden Valley. It has lots of good people and also some bad people.

On the night of Feb. 19 - early morning Feb. 20 - our beautiful Himalayan cat "Shadow" had something happen to her that was very cruel - a large trap. We never wanted her to use the doggy door, but her best buddy K.J. the dog used it so she did too. On that fateful night our neighbors heard her screaming. Somehow she was able to get loose and crawled over our fence with a broken back and no use of her back legs. We found her in K.J.'s doggy bed with him. With tears in our eyes she was put down. She was so very sweet; she might catch a mouse, but that was all she would do.

What would cause a person to use something like that trap in a neighborhood with lots of children, dogs and cats?

If he or she could explain what they caused to happen and would like the trap back, come talk to us. You pass our house coming into the subdivision; our name is out front.

Lester and Wilma Murphy

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Jeremiah Johnson
If you are going to kill the strays....why not at least a .22 to the head? Jeez...which way would you rather be put down? Drowned or a quick tap to the skull? Heck...not that I support what you do by either method, but I'll give you a box of shells if you don't drown them.

btw...what wildlife do they kill around here? Lizards? Sparrows? Doves and pigeons? Maybe an occasional quail?

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Responsible Pet Owner

I had a bird killed in my home by a neighbors cat who was allowed to roam free. It was a baby bird that was being raised by hand.
On a warm day the back door was open to allow the cool morning air in. As I sat at my computer, I was shocked to see a strange cat run out that door. As I got up to investigate and noticed the bird was gone and the container tipped over.
Do you cat lovers care about the other animals your cats kill? Keep your cats indoors!

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Jeremiah Johnson

I'm puzzled. What kind of trap was it? You don't mention that.
I am empathetic to the loss of your pet.
Owners fault. Period.
Houeshold cats, declawed or not are murder on local wildlife. I would exceed the 300 word maximum naming each and every critter that cats kill FOR SPORT, not for food. Shamefull how folks let their pretty little tabbies rip and tear their way through the environment.
Although I think it was sh&$#y of your neighbor to allow your cat to drag his injured self home, I still lay the blame at your front door.
I have warned my neighbors as politely and firmly as possible I don't tolerate strays. When I trap them they go directly in the horse trough.
Case closed.
I'm not nurturing our already hardpressed local wildlife so your housecat can kill them indiscriminately.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

@ Jack-A-Lope

You know that trap was illegal how? Have you seen it? Do you know where it was placed?

Trapping is legal in Arizona and if memory serves me well enough I am pretty sure trapping season is open until the end of February.

There is no way to know really how far "Shadow" roamed away from home and it may well be the trap in question was placed in a legal fashion. Since I wasn't there I don't know. Unlike a lot of the other posters here.

Don't jump to conclusions. If it is a legal trap there is a number attached to it and the Arizona Game and Fish dept can contact its owner and investigate the incident.

Personally I am not a cat lover but my condolances for the loss of your pet.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: The Last Time

I agree that traps are pretty cruel, however, now you should know better than to let your animals roam the hood. The last cat that entered my property, didn't get a second chance either. I wasn't cruel either but it won't be back.

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Article comment by: Your Fault

Another resident whining because their animal that they "Chose" to let roam around outside with no leash or roam the neighborhood. Don't we have enough animals roaming the streets?

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A.Lope

THAT TRAP IS ILLEGAL, needs to be turned over to fish and game!!! not sherriff, AZ Fish and Game

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Be Tx

I am so sick of hearing about all the hunting in this paper & the cruel things people do to animals. These people are cowards & complete idiots to hurt INNOCENT animals.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Sharon Edwards

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. What type of disgusting "human" does this? Shadow is in Heaven chasing bunnies and butterflies and will be your guardian angel cat forever. KARMA can be a really bad thing for the person responsible.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Lester and Wilma

Sorry about your cat. It is hard to loose a beloved pet.
However, maybe your neighbors didn't love having your pet in their yard.

They may be people who feed, and attract birds to their yard. Or maybe gardeners who don't enjoy cats digging and defecating in their garden. Or perhaps your cat got entrapped by a gopher trap or a large rat trap.

The best thing pet lovers can do to protect their animals is to keep them in their own house and yard. Cats can fall prey to coyotes and cars as well as traps.

That being said, it is sad that you lost your cat, and sad also for your dog who lost a friend.

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