Pet poisonings in Visalia are raising concerns

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In the South Valley, there is growing concern that someone is poisoning cats with anti-freeze.
 
Some neighbors in the Shannon Ranch neighborhood in northwest Visalia are worried other pets are at risk. 
 
Tandi Gilstrap is spreading the word about possible animal cruelty after her cat was poisoned and finding a second cat dead.  
 
It started when her cat Ashes suddenly became ill. 
 
“I’m afraid to tell you this but your cat is in kidney and pancreas failure and these are signs of antifreeze poisoning,” said Gilstrap, recalling the moment her veterinarian broke the news to her. 
 
For Gilstrap, it was an ominous discovery that only got worse when a second cat suffered a similar fate.
“In the curb in the gutter by the park down the street,” she said. 
 
She posted this flier on Facebook warning neighbors of potential danger and received calls from others with stories like hers. 
 
“Asking was their cat acting like this. And i was feeding cats, you know stray kittens and cats as well that completely vanished, she said. 
 
According to Gilstrap, a friend spotted a social media post that has since been removed of someone threatening to poison cats due to issues with strays.
 
Neighbor Elizabeth Legaspi said she doesn’t mind the strays much. 
 
“Not too many, not where it would concern me,” said Legaspi.
 
Legaspi has three strays that made their way into her family.
 
“For them to be killing pets that way it’s just not right. I’s awful, it’s not right,” said Legaspi. 
 
Gilstrap said most neighbors agree and want something done. 
 
She reached out to Visalia police who referred her to animal control.
 
Gilstrap said she hopes pet owners take precautions and that the culprit is caught.
 
“they want to get rid of cats do it the right way, don’t do it the illegal way.
 
Visalia police said there have been no reports and therefore no investigation, but said animal cruelty can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to step forward.

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