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    03-17-2011, 04:50 PM
Pasture mystery is worrying me more and more...

Occasionally me and the 900 pound dork will go for walks around the pasture. Its about 25 acres, lots of trees and little ponds, old buildings and even a small swamp. On these wanderings with Milo, I have come upon some... creepy findings.
Dead cats.

There is a neighborhood by the pasture on one side, and the rest spreads out to grassland and is fenced off at one point to keep the 25 acres from becoming a sprawling mileage. Along this vacant area where cows are usually kept, there is an old run in shelter, fenced off so the horses can't use it, and owned by... well, I don't know who. Its a small, crumbling house with broken cars out front and all kinds of things, from oil drums to bathroom sinks and carpet rolls, laying about. Among this mess I saw the first cat, about three feet from the fenceline. Its neck was broken and snapped to the side... which was kind of creepy. I figured it had gotten in a fight, really, maybe a dog had come along and bitten it, but that was the only injury I saw.

Then, of course today, closer into the pasture where the corrals are and where the horses usually mingle, there was an absolutely disgusting sight- a cat cut in half. It was recent, because the fur wasn't matted and muddy from the rainfall we had just yesterday... which is odd. Even the horses are caked in mud. I spent an hour cleaning Milo up this morning.

I'm wondering if the horses could be doing this- but I doubt it. Most of this has been too delicate to be an animal fight- a dog wouldn't snap a neck and leave the rest of the body be, or cut an animal in half cleanly. It has me worried for the horses, and, of course, myself. I'm out there frequently at night, since I work evenings and usually go down once I'm off.
Do any of you have any ideas on what this could be? Is there some creep running around the pasture mutilating animals? I've decided to carry my cell phone with me from now on, instead of leaving it in the car, but should I be taking more precaution than that? I'll be discussing this with the man I pay rent to, who actually owns the pasture, at the end of the month.
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    03-17-2011, 04:55 PM
Is the house you're talking about abandoned? You weren't really clear on that.

It sounds like someone's torturing and killing cats. Best let the landowner handle it.
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    03-17-2011, 04:57 PM
The cut in half cat could have been caught in a fan blade. Little buggers like to crawl up in those warm motors on chilly nights and don't move fast enough when the car starts up again :(
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    03-17-2011, 04:58 PM
I don't know if its abandoned. I've never seen anyone around' so its possible, but I don't want to say its abandoned if I don't know for sure.
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    03-17-2011, 04:59 PM
WickedNag- Ick. What a way to go. That could be possible, somebody could've thrown the body over the fence into the pasture.
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    03-17-2011, 07:10 PM
Honestly, I would take a camera with you, and take pictures of the cats if you see them, where they are in relation to the house, and if more start showing up, and you are worried about something happening to your horses, I would call animal control, and have them check it out, see if the house is abandoned, and if they can get in contact with whomever owns the property, and at the least maybe scare off whoever is doing it. It does sound to me like something untoward is happening, and if you leave your horses out at night, I would be worried about something happening to them. Who owns the pasture that you are riding on? Is the house part of the pasture, something separate, but still "in" the pasture? Is there a road to the house, or is the house part of the "property" that is the pasture?
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    03-17-2011, 07:34 PM
The man who owns the pasture lives about six blocks away. The house isn't part of the pasture, theres a small dirt road coming off of the main road that goes back behind the pasture to the house. It seems as though a long time ago it was part of the pasture, but has now been fenced off. You can't see this little house and barn from the road, its quite tucked away and resembles a redneck dump straight out of a movie. I might be jumping to conclusions thinking that whomever lives there is the cause of the problem, but the two dead cats I've found have been in close proximity to that area.
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    03-17-2011, 07:59 PM
If I were you I'd keep the horses inside until you find out what happened to the cats =/ just as a precaution.
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    03-17-2011, 08:05 PM
Originally Posted by ShinaKonga    
Most of this has been too delicate to be an animal fight- a dog wouldn't snap a neck and leave the rest of the body be.
Just want to clarify, many dogs only kill to kill. My JRT killed a rabbit once near the barn, and once he'd snapped his neck, he just left it. It's not the first time I've heard of this happening, either. I don't believe it's an animal in your case, though.
    03-17-2011, 10:44 PM
I see, equiniphile. I haven't owned or been around many dogs, so I was just assuming.

I'm calling animal control tomorrow to come and look into it. Best to leave it up to them. For now, Milo is being kept at a safe distance- but he is none too happy about it ;)
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