- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2014

Dozens of cats have been killed or stolen in recent months on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in what appears to be a type of sporting trend, the island’s daily newspaper reported Friday.

“We’ve had some shootings, poisonings, [and] one intentional running over,” Basil Scott, president of the Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP), told The Garden Island.

“There’s five places where we are very certain, or fairly certain, that people are killing cats. And some of it is crazy,” he said, adding that more than 50 cats have been killed or turned up missing in the past two months. “It’s across the whole island … It’s a very troubling trend.”

The Kauai Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States are offering rewards for information leading to an arrest.

“We have received several calls from citizens who have seen or heard several ‘sport type’ cat shootings late at night in public areas,” said KCCP’s managing director Robyn Botkin in a release, the paper reported. “They have seen dead and dying cats as well. This is not only a violation of animal cruelty laws but is also prosecutable under firearms and public safety laws.”

Mr. Scott told The Garden Island that a security guard in the Poipu area witnessed several men spotlighting a cat from a car and shooting it in a public place.

“We’re talking about guys who have been drinking, who have loaded firearms in the car, which is illegal,” he said, adding that 15 cats were killed in that area alone in March.

The Kauai Police Department had no knowledge of the alleged crimes, the paper reported.

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