State Police arrested a man they say baited, trapped and killed four of his neighbor's cats. Charges followed the two week investigation. YNN's Erin Vannella spoke to the neighbor and shares her story.
WARNERVILLE, N.Y. -- "We kept calling the cats and calling the cats. Four days later and nothing is coming," said Pat Boomhower, a Warnerville resident.
It wasn't until Boomhower searched the creek across from her Warnerville home that she found her pets, dead.
"There's Whitey, laying there not moving. Here's Callie not too far away from her. Then her two cats, Tallia and Angle laying right on top of each other," recalled Boomhower.
Photographs, interviews and an investigation later, New York State Police arrested Boomhower's neighbor. Donald Brown, 65, was charged with four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
"He admitted he trapped two of them and they were killed in a cage, and he drowned those two. His excuse was they were hunting baby bunnies and baby turkeys," said Larry Boomhower.
Boomhower said she rescued the cats from a dumpster. Those cats, their kittens, and the Boomhowers have been loyal friends ever since. She said losing them is heartbreaking.
"This is the collar from my white cat and I took it off of her when I buried her so I have memories. I know that they will not go through heaven's gate until something is done with him," added Boomhower.