People in a Kansas City neighborhood are trying to figure out if someone is poisoning their pets.
Several residents of the Avalon View neighborhood came to the Hillcrest Community Center Tuesday night to express their concerns about a chain of events, things that animal control's special investigator described as unusual and suspicious.
There aren't many dogs barking around the neighborhood because half a dozen of them have gone missing in the past month. The same goes for cats, even more of them, and neighbors fear it is more than a coincidence.
"There is evidently somebody in our area that hates animals. That is all I can say," resident Carol Hoover said.
One thing raising alarm is how close all the homes are with missing animals - just three square blocks.
Of the 16 missing cats, three privately owned by one woman eventually returned home vomiting and then died.
The same goes for a group of feral cats that one woman works with.
Five residents fear their dogs were snatched. One was unhooked from its lead, and five more went missing from or died within fenced yards.
Not included in that list is a dachshund that was found dead at East 106th Street and Wallace Avenue.
Residents say the only visible injury was to the dog's head, which the animal investigator said is an unlikely injury for a dog that size hit by a car.
"We're in a quandary as to what's going on in our neighborhood because we have never had trouble like this. We are a very close-knit neighborhood, and we watch out for each other. And it just kind of scares us all," Hoover said.
The investigator, who also handles dog fighting, cruelty and hoarding cases, said he will be working with police on this.
Meanwhile, the neighborhood association president has warned everyone to watch their animals and not leave them unattended.
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