Street Cats Being Poisoned In Chatham

A cat up for adoption at the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society, July 12, 2016. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

A small cat rescue group in Chatham is investigating after finding a number of felines who appear to have been poisoned.

Big Fix Grassroots Cat Rescue officials say they’ve found five dead street cats in the Edgar St. area, with all of them foaming at the mouth.

“Foaming at the mouth is a pretty good indicator it’s poisoned,” says Founder Kate Staley.

Big Fix feeds, spays and neuters street cats who have been previously abandoned by their owners. While overall the cats are harmless, Staley says this hasn’t stopped residents from getting annoyed.

“The big complaints that we get is ‘they’re walking through my yard,'” says Staley. “That’s the God’s honest truth.”

Staley adds they’ve contacted the OSPCA, who told them they can’t do anything unless a suspect has been found.

The group is having an autopsy performed on one of the cats, who they found on Friday. That one recently had kittens, and the rescue group is now concerned they may be dead as well. Their investigation continues.