Cats Allegedly Poisoned With Antifreeze

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Milly, a 13-week-old kitten waits with her brother Charlie (L) to be re-homed at The Society for Abandoned Animals Sanctuary in Sale, Manchester which is facing an urgent cash crisis and possible closure on July 27, 2010 in Manchester, England. The Society for Abandoned Animals exists entirely on public support and unless it can raise GBP 50,000 in the next couple of months it will have to close down. The registered charity started in 1967 and in the last five years alone the charity has rescued and found homes for more than 1,000 cats, 290 rabbits and 262 dogs. The rescue centre is one of the many who are suffering a downfall in donations due to the economic recession. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    An East County animal rescue group claims someone at a local hotel is poisoning cats with anti-freeze.

    Members of the East County Animal Rescue Group claim nine bowls of anti-freeze were left on the property of the Budget Inn on Main Street in El Cajon.

    Animal control officers did find two or three bowls with traces of anti-freeze, said El Cajon police Sgt. Steve Kirk.

    He said officers responded to a call on Saturday alleging someone at the hotel was putting antifreeze into the cat's bowls.

    "At this point, we aren't even sure if it was an intentional crime," Kirk said. He added the office plans to conduct a through investigation.

    The hotel managers were not available for comment, but have denied the accusations in the past.

    The cats are feral and forage for food in the neighborhood. Kirk says the best way to tame the population of wild cats is to trap them, neuter or spay them and then release them.

    A small amount of anti-freeze can be fatal to cats.