Reports of poisoned cats tested

2 feral felines diein Ottawa County


LAKESIDE, Ohio — The Humane Society of Ottawa County is investigating reports that feral cats in Lakeside are being poisoned, which violates Ohio’s animal cruelty law.

At least two cats have died under suspicious circumstances in the past several weeks, Humane Officer Matt Koser said.

The Humane Society is waiting for the results of necropsies. To charge animal cruelty, necropsies must be performed on each dead cat found to prove that it was poisoned, he said.

“Otherwise they could be dying from feline leukemia or something else,” Officer Koser said. “The average lifespan of a feral cat is about two years, maximum.”