FOX 5 San Diego Staff
3:53 PM EST, December 6, 2010
EL CAJON, Calif.
Someone is leaving bowls of water laced with antifreeze around a motel in El Cajon in an effort to poison feral cats, an animal rescue volunteer said.
Cindy Williams, a volunteer with El Cajon Animal Rescue, told Fox 5 News that she found nine bowls of liquid that looked like red Kool-Aid near a motel on Main Street on Saturday . On Sunday, she passed by the area and found the body of a cat that had apparently died after drinking the liquid .
Williams said the owners of the Budget Inn Motel have been trying to get rid of feral cats in the area. She said she didn't know who placed the antifreeze around the motel, but she thought it was suspicious.
"A small amount of antifreeze can kill animals," she said.
Williams, who has been volunteering at with the animal rescue organization for six months, said her group placed animal traps around the property to catch wild cats so they can be spayed or neutered. The group will test the animals to determine if they have been poisoned.
"One of the feral cats was found trapped Sunday and will be tested at the vet on Monday morning," Williams said. "They will check to see if the cat has sipped the poison."
Williams and other volunteers took the dead cat to a local veterinarian and will schedule a necropsy for later this week.
The motel and county Animal Control were not available for comment Sunday.
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