The Middletown Colony Project:
**SCOOP HAS DISCONTINUED SPAY/NEUTER EFFORTS WITH THE MIDDLETOWN, OHIO CREEKWOOD TRAILER PARK STRAY, FERAL, AND PET CATS. BEGINNING ON AUGUST 11, 2011 THE OWNER AND MANAGEMENT PERMITTED THE REMOVAL OF SPAYED/NEUTERED CATS FROM THE TRAILER PARK BY RESIDENT TRAPPERS. OTHER RESIDENTS REPEATEDLY SAW THE TRAPPERS LOAD THE CATS INTO VANS, HEARD GUNSHOTS, AND SAW THE MEN RETURN FROM THE LEVEE WITH EMPTY TRAPS AND CARRIERS. MANY RESIDENTS BELIEVE THE CATS WERE KILLED AT THE ADJACENT LEVEE. RESIDENTS ALSO PICKED UP DEAD CATS AFTER AN EMPLOYEE SAW FOOD PUT OUT FOR THE CATS THAT WAS LACED WITH POISON**
Creekwood Cats Disappear
In July 2010, SCOOP was contacted by the manager of a large mobile home park in Middletown, Ohio, where there were an estimated 100 to 125 cats and kittens--only a few spayed/neutered. Some residents were lovingly caring for as many kittens and cats as possible while others were abusing and killing the kittens and cats. The cats were in great need of spay/neuter services, veterinary care, and food. The managers and many residents wanted to save these kittens and cats.
In August, feeding stations were established in the mobile home park. In-between spay/neuter activities, various cats and kittens were fostered and/or taken to the vet and treated for health problems such as respiratory illness. Sadly, four cats and two kittens have died since this project began. One hundred and fifty pounds of dry cat food was delivered monthly. Over 90 cats were assisted--pet, stray, and feral. Fifty cats and kittens were removed and placed into foster care or adopted. About forty cats were returned to the park to be cared for by resident caregivers.
August 8, 2010: Representatives from SCOOP and Cat-Tales Rescue delivered 300 pounds of food and removed nine kittens, two mom cats, and two adult cats from the park.
August 9, 2010: Two cats spayed and returned.
August 14, 2010: One kitten was removed from the park.
August 16, 2010: One injured male was removed from the park.
August 17, 2010: Three 4-week-old motherless kittens and three 4-month-old kittens were removed from the park.
August 18, 2010: Nineteen cats were spayed/neutered and returned.
August 23, 2010: Two 4-week-old kittens with their mother and one 6-month-old kitten were removed from the park.
September 21, 2010: Nine cats were spayed/neutered and returned.
September 29, 2010: One kitten removed from the park.
October 8, 2010: Two kittens were neutered and returned.
October 13, 2010: Two cats spayed/neutered and returned.
October 19, 2010: One cat spayed and returned.
October 20, 2010: Four 8-week-old kittens and one 5-week old kitten removed from the park.
November 23, 2010: One 12-week-old kitten removed from the park.
December 23, 2010: Two male cats neutered and returned.
February 11, 2011: One male kitten neutered and returned.
May 3, 2011: Two kittens neutered and returned, one cat spayed and removed.
July 19, 2011: One female cat spayed and returned.
August 12, 2011: Six 2-week-old kittens with their mother removed.
August 18. 2011: One male cat neutered and returned.
August 21, 2011: One female pet cat in surgery for a hernia.
August 22, 2011: One male cat retrieved from the Butler Cunty Humane Society.
August 28, 2011: Six cats and two kittens retrieved from a resident.
As of 8-28-2010, 94 cats assisted
Those at SCOOP are extremely grateful to the following organizations and individuals for their invaluable assistance in helping this large cat colony: Jan and Craig Whittaker of Cat-Tales Rescue, The Scratching Post, Lisa and Jason Hayes, Ohio AlleyCat Resource (OAR), Donna Lunik of Cat Adoption Team, Beth Young, United Coalition for Animals (UCAN), and Dr. Zeke Zekoff of Towne Square Animal Clinic.
What happened to the 40 Middletown Creekwood Trailer Park cats who were part of our TNR program? Some residents report seeing the cats loaded into a van and taken to the adjacent levee. They then heard gunshots and saw the trappers return with empty traps and carriers. Another resident picked up deceased cats from the park and believes many were poisoned. We suspect that crimes were committed according to Ohio animal cruelty statutes.
Please support our efforts to find the truth and seek justice for the cats and for the residents who lost their beloved pets.
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