Fort Myers woman worries her cats were poisoned
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CREATED Jun. 3, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - One Fort Myers pet owner is looking for answers after two of her cats mysteriously disappeared within days of each other.
Cyndi Valerino's cat Grady has been missing for weeks.
She said that is very strange because "they would never miss a feeding and I feed them twice a day."
A few days later, Valerino let the cat she calls Mamma Cat outside.
Mamma cat also never came home.
While living in Venice a few years ago, Valerino found her daughter's cat poisoned. Now, she's hearing unsettling rumors from neighbors about the same thing happening on her street.
Valerino contacted the Lee County Sheriff's Department, but officers who came out to the neighborhood couldn't find any proof. Documents state the officer "talked with all parties and no cats are poisoned at this time."
Fox 4 took Valerino's concerns to Lee County Domestic Animal Services, to find out if it's possible her two cats were poisoned.
Glenn Johnson, Lee County Domestic Animal Services Operations Manager, said every once and a while animal services ends up with a cat that's been poisoned.
Officials say the only way to tell if an animal has been poisoned is to run tests on the body. Johnson said there are also other explanations for missing pets, such as neighbors keeping the stray cats.
Valerino doesn't think anyone took in her cats. She said, "Grady was not pretty enough for anyone to pick up and take home, he was not a pretty little kitty."