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Animal experts react to dead animals found in South Bend


It's a disturbing discovery in South Bend. Animal Control says 21 small animals, cats and other wild animals were found dead in an alley.

Animal Control is working to find a cause of death for the animals, saying some were there longer than others.

While they don't know exactly how they died, they don't think it was an accident.

Animal Control says the animals weren't mutilated, but they may have been trapped, killed and dumped there.

Animal experts say there's just no reason to kill an animal.

"I don't know if I'm more heartsick or frankly I'm furious," says Pam Wesolowski with Michiana Feral Cat Initiative.

Volunteers with Michiana Feral Cat Initiative trap, neuter and return animals to their neighborhoods, reducing the community cat problem. "We do it humanely," she says. "We do it by spaying and neutering, getting those animals vaccinated so they don't continue to reproduce."

Wesolowski says if there's a problem with feral cats in your neighborhood, they can help -either with TNR, mediating disputes or giving tips to help keep cats out of your yard. "There are a lot of different ways you can take care of this instead of just slaughtering animals," says Wesolowski.

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County echoes that message and says while finding so many dead animals is unusual, animal cruelty is not. "We do get lots of calls about animals running loose, cats being stray and then, you know, people hurting them... people putting out poison, trying to shoot them with BB guns," says Genny Carlson with the Humane Society.

Animal experts say this situation provides another opportunity to remind people to spay and neuter their pets and to also keep their pets inside or keep a close eye on them.

"We can help you with spay and neutering. We can help you with vaccinations," says Carlson. "There's really no excuse not to have your pets spayed or neutered in St. Joseph County."

Animal experts says if you see anyone acting suspicious walking around with an animal trap or hurting an animal, to please speak up and report it.

If Animal Control finds that these animals were in fact killed, whoever is responsible could face an A misdemeanor or D felony. That's if they have a prior conviction.

Police are asking the community to call Crimestoppers at 574-288-STOP if they know anything about who may have done this. 

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