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ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -

By Jim Wallace

 

Dougherty County Police are investigating the suspected poisonings of several cats around Kitty's Flea Market in East Albany.

At least seven cats are dead or missing.

The cats part of an established colony cared for by a woman who wants to know the truth and to protect the rest of her cats.

Joy Taylor said she found some of her cats dead and others dying last Tuesday at Kitty's Flea Market.

Taylor said. "I tried to save one when I arrived that day.  And she passed away a block from the vets.

Taylor says at least 7 of the approximately 50 cat colony are dead and she believes they were poisoned.  

Police are now investigating it as an animal cruelty case.

Dougherty County Police Sgt. Ted Wertz said. "Apparently they were poisoned.  We found some food that may have had poison in it. That's being tested, and the cats are being tested."

Taylor is known as the Cat Lady at Kitty's Flea Market.  

For 8 years she has cared for the cat colony which started because of people abandoning pets there. 

Taylor said. "It's a labor of love.  And compassion for the animals.  Because they are unwanted, and people just drop them off left and right."

Taylor and other volunteers feed the cats daily, take them for vet treatment and have them spayed and neutered.

She adopts them out when she can.

Taylor runs a booth at the Flea Market every weekend to raise money for their upkeep. She says she can't imagine why anyone would poison them.

Taylor said. "To me it's as bad as cruelty to a child. Some people may not see it that way.  But these animals have no voice of their own.  And if we don't step up and help them and keep them spayed and neutered, things get overrun."

Investigators are waiting on the results of tests on the dead cats and food, to see if they were poisoned.  

Meanwhile Taylor and her friends at the Flea Market are keeping a close watch to protect the rest of her colony.

 

 

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