Trapping a neighbor's cat and dumping it where it can't be found is cruel and sadistic. Modesto has two such cat trappers. The men even boasted about it. Yes, cat poop on your lawn is annoying, but I can think of a dozen other more decent ways to solve the problem. Why execute an innocent animal for failing to respect your property line?
My neighbors walk their dogs by my house every day, and I often end up cleaning up Fido's calling card. Should I just shoot the offending dog or toss poisoned hamburger into the yard? What's the difference? It's all animal cruelty and it's illegal.
Clearly, too many cats are allowed to roam freely and become a nuisance. Too many cat owners are too cheap, lazy or stupid to spay and neuter their pets and keep them from causing neighbors problems. But even responsible cat owners can open the door and watch Fluffy bolt down the street. Unlike dogs, cats don't come home when you whistle.
Why hasn't our district attorney prosecuted these cases of animal cruelty? Does she ever go after animal abusers?
I'd like our county officials to start taking cruelty to animals much more seriously.
CAROL S. BENSON