I was just speaking with someone who called to tell me that her neighbourwas giving problems again. She said he had borrowed a trap again and trapped one of her friendly cats.
I offered to speak with him again but she also said it probably was not any use. Unfortunately I think this has become a very bad situation where the two neighbours are not getting along and the cats are the unfortunate victims of the situation. I think the neighbour feels we are on the caregiver's 'side' and hence is very hostile.
She told me that the cat trapped went missing on Sunday and that she saw a cat trap delivered yesterday. This afternoon, the cat was sent to the AVA in the trap. She is convinced the man trapped the cat, kept it indoors and then sent it to the AVA after placing it in the trap today as she says the cat turns up for food everyday. She wanted to know how to take action against the man.
I told her unfortunately she has no proof. The problem is that while this may have happened, there is really nothing to link the man to the cat or to show that he had trapped the cat earlier. All we have is the fact that (1) the cat was not seen since Sunday and (2)that it was trapped and sent to the AVA today. We aren't able to show the man had in fact trapped it earlier because there just isn't proof. I told the caregiver that in addition, he might make it seem as if she is always giving him problems and accusing him falsely of things he did not do and that she would have no way of showing this to be untrue.
She will be collecting the cat tomorrow. I advised her to try and see what can be done once she's collected the cat or if there seems to be an foul play then.