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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Cat burglar turns out to be a cat

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida deputies have a cat burglar in custody. Literally, a cat. The Naples Daily News reports Collier County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call Saturday about a suspected burglary in progress. A homeowner heard knocking on a sliding door along with meowing. The caller thought the cat sounds were a ruse to try to him or her to open the door. When deputies arrived, they found the culprit was a small cat named Bones. The posted a photo on Facebook of the cat in back of a patrol car poking its head through a barred window. The department said Bones was taken to a county animal shelter for “fur-ther questioning.”

Missing Persian cat reunites with family after 3 years

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A flea-ridden Persian cat so weak she could barely stand was rescued from a residential garden in Ionia and reunited with her family in Grand Rapids after three years apart, an Ionia County animal control officer said. Violet was found in Ionia on Aug. 6. She was covered in maggots, flies and fleas, the Ionia Sentinel-Standard reports. Ionia County Animal Control Director Carly Quinn took Violet to a vet who was able to identify the 10-year-old because she was micro chipped. It took more effort to track down her humans 30 miles (50 kilometers) away. Drew Potter adopted Violet from the Humane Society in 2012, but his contact information on the chip was outdated. Quinn persisted and found him on Facebook after a few hours. The reunification of Potter and Violet was “beautiful,” Quinn said. Potter doesn’t recall the exact date, but Violet went missing some time in 2016, he said

Police: Man baited wildlife with peanut butter, razors

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man police say stuck razor blades in peanut butter he smeared on a tree in a public park to attract wildlife is facing animal cruelty charges. Authorities say 65-year-old Brian McGrath, of Falmouth, was arrested Saturday following a joint investigation by town and state Environmental Police. Police started investigating after receiving a tip about the blades at Goodwill Park. Officers also captured evidence of squirrels in contact with a razor while feeding. Because children play nearby, the razor blades were removed. Police searched the park and did not find any more baited trees. McGrath is charged with animal cruelty, reckless behavior, and wanton injuries to trees. He faces arraignment Tuesday. It could not be determined if he had an attorney who could comment on the charges.