Exclusive: Nearly A Dozen Dead Cats Found In Hammocks Neighborhood

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Residents in The Hammocks want to know who killed nearly a dozen neighborhood cats.

Miami-Dade Animal Control says it appears someone poisoned them.

The cats were strays, but Concetta Ciaccio and her daughters them by name. For years, they came to Ciaccio’s house on 147th place for food. Ciaccio says she started feeding the cats after people moved away and abandoned them following Hurricane Andrew.

She noticed on Sunday that something was wrong. Ciaccio says there were dead cats in her yard and on the street others were dying.

“It’s terrible,” said Ciaccio, “I’m not going have such a nice Thanksgiving now because somebody did something like this.”

Her daughter, Denise Betancourt, wiped away tears as she watched the cats struggling to stay alive.

“I can’t believe it. It’s awful. It’s awful to see them convulse like this. The situation is terrible I can’t believe that someone doesn’t have a heart,” Betancourt said.

Ciaccio moved the cat’s bodies out of the street and put them in her garage to keep them from being run over. She thinks someone purposely poisoned them.

“It’s terrible it’s like a massacre to me and that someone could do something like that it’s awful,” she told CBS4’s Maggie Newland.

Animal Control officer Michael Garateix took away 10 dead cats and three cats that seemed to be dying.

He said this, “most definitely sounds like a poisoning case,” but said those cases can be difficult to solve.

“It might be something that a neighbor might know who it is but they might not want to get involved might not want to rat on a neighbor,” said Garateix.

Animal Control will perform a necropsy on one of the cats to determine what killed them.  They also plan to return Tuesday and trap three additional cats that appeared healthy. If they are healthy those cats will be put up for adoption.

Ciaccio also plans on putting her pet cat up for adoption as well because she says she’s too afraid to keep him after what happened.

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  1. Billy says:

    Two things here, one is that rat poison is scented and flavored like apples to attract rats, and that of course means any animal can get ahold of it if it’s left out and also be killed, so this could be an accident by someone with a rat problem being careless. But also, these neighborhood cat ladies are being selfish and inconsiderate, because despite their opinion that these animals are “cute”, feral cats are destructive, unfriendly, and though these women feed these animals I would speculate that they do not maintain litter boxes and/or training the cats to use them, which means that all the other neighbors have to put up with cat piles in their yards. Even though cats bury their mess it only takes a little rain to uncover these droppings. It’s harder to spot and smells worse than dog droppings, and this comes from the voice of experience. This whole situation comes from the irresponsibility of cat owners, but this is also why we need to put these feral animals down.

  2. Phil Landers says:

    I smell a rat . . . .

  3. lLINDY says:

    IT IS 2A NOW AND I AM VERY TIRED, HOWEVER, BILLY, I HAVE PLENTY TO SAY
    ABOUT THE TWO THINGS YOU SO THOUGHTFULLY WROTE ABOUT IN YOUR
    COMMENT. TOMORROW WHEN I AM FRESH FROM A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP, I WILL
    PUT MY TWO THINGS DOWN ALSO.GOODNIGHT, LINDA

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