Neighbors dispute over Fredericktown felines

FREDERICKTOWN, Ohio (WCMH) — Beth Grogg has always had several cats running around her Fredericktown home.

“They’re my pets, my babies,” she tell us. “I spend a lot of money on them, they were spayed and neutered.”

Many cats show up as strays. She said she feeds them and will pay for medical attention.

The cats tend to come and go. But a few weeks ago, something changed.

“Carlos, my one cat, came up missing and I assumed he was just off running about and he’d be home,” she says. “Then another cat came up missing and when he didn’t come home I knew something was up.”

Grogg says she also knew who she believed was behind the disappearance.

“I knew that the neighbor had been trapping cats. He made it known so I confronted him and he did admit that he trapped my cats.”

That’s when Grogg filed a police report.

“The day after that he hung a sign out front porch saying it cost $15 to take a cat to a shelter, and only 9 cents for a .22 bullet to put in them.”

Fredericktown police chief Roger Brown confirms a complaint, and told NBC4 the case is under investigation and the city law director is reviewing possible charges.

Grogg also says she posted the information on Facebook, which drew a lot of attention.

Her neighbor did not want to be interviewed on camera but tells NBC4 his family fears for their safety. He also says he only trapped one cat and took it to a friend’s farm, after he grew tired of the cats tearing up his trash and going to bathroom in his yard.

When pressed about the sign, the man claims he put up the sign and made posts on Facebook about trapping multiple cats because he was mad.

Beth Grogg tells us the Knox County dog warden says her case might be hard to prosecute because with stray cats, it’s hard to prove ownership.

Grogg says she is concerned for her cats.

“I have a feeling he didn’t dump them off, that he already killed them,” she said as she presses forward with her complaint. “Something has to be done about the laws because there’s nothing I can do. I can file a report against him but legally nothing can be done.”

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