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Dear Christopher Cat

My neighbor is poisoning cats with antifreeze-laced milk. Can I report her anonymously?

Christopher Responds

Most humane organizations protect people who report poisonings, but they may ask you to testify should the case go to court.

Antifreeze poisoning results in a particularly agonizing death. Moreover, it’s against the law.

In Pennsylvania, poisoning a cat is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $1000 and imprisonment for up to two years.

Any subsequent poisoning is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $15,000 and imprisonment for up to seven years.
Killing cats doesn’t make an area free of cats, because more feral cats quickly fill the vacuum. Your neighbor should contact a trap-neuter-return group for effective control measures.

I have been known to sneak outside through the doggie door on occasion. I certainly hope I don’t live near your neighbor.

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