Woman Threatens to Shoot Feral Cats Because She Doesn't Feel Safe

The following information was provided by the Peabody Police Department. Where charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Peabody Police Department
Peabody Police Department
The following excerpts are from reports in the Peabody Police Department press log from Dec. 3-4.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

  • 8:24 a.m. Report of a car into a fence at 90 Washington St. The building inspector was called to the scene and the vehicle was towed.
  • 2:24 p.m. A caller at a Martin Circle apartment left a message complaining there were "ferals" in the area and they killed a wild bunny. She felt they were too aggressive. The animal control officer advised her feral cats were considered wildlife and it wasn't uncommon for them to kill small animals. It didn't mean they were rabid. The woman then said she didn't feel safe in her own home and would shoot them. She was advised against firing a gun in her neighborhood. The woman replied she would document the conversation in case a feral cat did attack someone. The ACO said there were no records of that ever happening. The woman also didn't have a License to Carry.
  • 3:16 p.m. A female walked into the station to report her credit card was stolen.
  • 4:43 p.m. A 26-year-old Boston man was issued a court summons for shoplifting by concealing merchandise, following a report of a male shoplifter who stole two bottles of cologne at Sears.
  • 4:56 p.m. A caller reported his credit card was stolen at the Northshore Mall.
  • 10:31 p.m. Security at the Northshore Mall reported there was a male who refused to leave the hallway after a security guard told him to leave. An officer spoke to the man and he said he wasn't aware he couldn't walk around the mall when it was closed.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

  • 7:14 a.m. Report of a two-car accident at the intersection of Central and Pulaski streets. Two people were transported to Salem Hospital and both cars were towed.
  • 10:27 a.m. A caller reported a car into a pole at the corner of Centennial and Technology drives. PMLP responded to the scene and the BMW dealership called for a private tow.
  • 12:16 p.m. Vera S. Silva, of 56 Essex St. #3, Lynn, and Virginia A. Wood, 24, of 42 Herrick Rd., Peabody, were both arrested, following a report of shoplifters out in the parking lot at Sears. Silva was charged with receiving stolen property and on a warrant out of Salem District Court. Wood was charged with larceny over $250.
  • 1:26 p.m. Steven P. Gaulin, 45, of 14 Paleologos St. #1, Peabody, was arrested, following a report of an unwanted guest at a Washington Street residence. Gaulin left before police arrived and was located nearby. He was charged on two warrants out of Peabody District Court.
  • 1:55 p.m. An officer at Higgins Middle School reported a larceny of a pair of Air Jordan sneakers.

Email peabody@patch.com with questions on the log.
Reality Bytes December 05, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Threatening to shoot the cats of some criminally irresponsible pet-owner will do nothing to solve the problem. After 14 years of arguing witih people like that, I spent the last 2 years threatening to shoot their cats. Then one day they called the sheriff. He told me, right in front of the people who were causing the cat problem, "You have every right in the world to protect yourself, your family, your own animals, and even your property from the threat or damage caused by someone else's animals. Just start shooting their cats and don't stop until every last one is dead and safely buried." Then he just walked away. (You should have seen the looks on the cat-lickers' faces. LOL) / So, the shooting started and didn't stop until hundreds of cats later were all dead and buried. I've not seen even one cat in 4 years now. Those people finaly learned how to be responsible pet-owners and respectable neighbors, at long last! Shooting all their cats for them solved EVERYTHING. / May you too get to teach your criminally-irresponsible pet-owner neighbors to grow up into respectable and responsible humans as much as I had. :-) / Conclusions: Threatening to shoot cats does NOTHING. You have to actually shoot their cats and safely dispose of them. That's the ONLY THING that will change the situation. Guaranteed! And YOU HAVE THAT RIGHT.
Reality Bytes December 05, 2013 at 07:30 AM
In no-firearms zones use any of the newer 700-1200fps air-rifles with pointed vermin pellets. They even come with their own sound-suppressor built-in, being specifically designed for shooting vermin cats in residential areas, the demand for them is that great these days. The only thing you have to be certain of is that you shoot-to-kill. Shoot-to-maim is illegal, and rightly so. The cat must die for it to be 100% legal. Use a good-scope and a laser-sight (both precision aligned) to ensure a swift, humane, and completely legal kill each and every time. Though use a fatal chest-shot, I found a head-shot on a cat is not always a sure thing (I suspect they survive more by their reptilian brain-stems than any gray-matter above it. Not unlike people who like cats.) The only time I tried using a head-shot, on advice of others, I had to waste 3 more .22s on a cat. Even one .22 is worth more than any cat will ever be worth.
Reality Bytes December 05, 2013 at 07:32 AM
Your ACO is just another deceptive and lying or just plain ignorant cat-licker. / Google for: FERAL CAT ATTACK RABIES / To get an understanding of the problem we all face today. Don't be surprised at the number of search-hits you get nor the horrendous stories that go with them. / And contrary to these cat-lickers' perpetual manipulative LIES and outright deceptions, feeding stray cats TRAINS them to approach humans for food. What do you think happens to the child or foolish adult that reaches down to try to pet or pick up that now seemingly friendly "cute kitty" that just approached them? The wild animal lashes out and bites or scratches the hand that has no food for them. Resulting in $3000+ rabies shots for each victim of a cat-feeder's criminally negligent behavior, paid for out of the victim's OWN pockets. Two reports even document rabid cats entering a pet-door and one even came through the family's ceiling in search of human supplied foods, the attack so bad that the whole family required hospitalization.
Reality Bytes December 05, 2013 at 07:34 AM
Due to TNR practices (trap, neuter, re-abandon), cats are now the #1 domesticated animal to transmit rabies to humans (the cats testing positive after a bite, scratch, or attack). GIVING A RABIES SHOT TO A CAT THAT ALREADY HAS RABIES DOES NOT CURE IT OF RABIES -- NOR DOES IT STOP THE CAT FROM TRANSMITTING RABIES UP TO 11 MONTHS LATER (during the last 2 weeks of its life when it might not even show any recognizable symptoms). Google for: RABID KITTEN ADOPTED WAKE COUNTY (for just one example of hundreds of vetted but rabid cats adopted from outdoors). The incubation period for rabies is, on average, from 21 to 240 days, sometimes up to 11 months, one rare case being 6 years. A vetted cat can STILL transmit rabies many months later if it was harvested from unknown living conditions with an unknown vaccination history. Either quarantine them for 6 or more months at your OWN expense (as required by national and international law), or euthanize them. Those are your only 2 options to be relatively certain you are not handing rabies to someone. Isn't reality fun? This is why the CDC has now given the following conclusion and warnings on all TNR practices that are becoming so popular (with people who are uneducated to how vaccinations actually work and are causing rabies outbreaks in so many communities). Do you have your liability insurance ready to go and top-notch lawyers lined-up for when people who get bit or scratched by your cats discover you are in direct violation of findings by the CDC itself? They'll all be ready to sue you, all associated with you, your local lawmakers, township, and county for perhaps $millions in damages.
Reality Bytes December 05, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Conclusions on all TNR practices now direct from the CDC -- onlinelibrary.wiley D0T com SLASH doi/10.1111/zph.12070/abstract -- SUMMARY Domestic cats are an important part of many Americans' lives, but effective control of the 60-100 million feral cats living throughout the country remains problematic. Although trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programmes are growing in popularity as alternatives to euthanizing feral cats, their ability to adequately address disease threats and population growth within managed cat colonies is dubious. Rabies transmission via feral cats is a particular concern as demonstrated by the significant proportion of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis associated with exposures involving cats. Moreover, TNVR has not been shown to reliably reduce feral cat colony populations because of low implementation rates, inconsistent maintenance, and immigration of unsterilized cats into colonies. For these reasons, TNVR programmes are not effective methods for reducing public health concerns or for controlling feral cat populations. Instead, responsible pet ownership, universal rabies vaccination of pets and removal of strays remain integral components to control rabies and other diseases. (end summary) To be perfectly truthful: Even vaccinating your cat against rabies won't prevent it from finding the nearest rabid bat dying on the ground in your backyard, to rip it to shreds for its daily cat's play-toy. Then bringing back a mouthful or claws full of fresh rabies virus to you, your family, neighbors, other pets, or other animals. ANY cat, due to their need to sink their teeth into anything that moves, if allowed outdoors can transmit rabies to others, vaccinated or not.
J December 06, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Seriously over 100 cats dead and buried? Were these people animal hoarders? I hate cats, they're disgusting animals.
DEBBIE December 06, 2013 at 08:56 AM
You HATE cats. Why? Hate is a very strong word and you sound as though you have a lot of hostility bottled up inside of you. There are people and things that I don't like but I don't hate them. What ever happened to the Have A Heart traps usually lent to homeowners from the Animal Control Office?


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