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Boardman woman saves three newborn kittens from trash can

Published: Wed, July 3, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Josh Stipanovich



A Boardman woman’s instincts took over Saturday morning when she heard kittens mewing from her neighbor’s trash can.

Nicole Myers, 34, told police she heard her neighbor outside, before returning indoors a few moments later.

That’s when Myers heard kittens crying.

It sounded like the sound was coming from her neighbor’s trash can, so she went out, opened the can and discovered two kittens tied up in white plastic bags, according to a police report.

She removed the kittens and took them to her sister’s house, where they were cared for.

When police arrived at Martin’s Mobile Home Estates on South Avenue, Myers told them she barely knows her neighbor except that she lives alone and has several cats.

Officers asked Myers to show them where she found the kittens, and that’s when a third kitten could be heard from the same trash can. Police found another newborn kitten in a plastic bag. The kitten also was taken to Myers’ sister’s house.

Myers could not be reached to comment on the police narrative.

Police spoke to the neighbor, and she admitted the kittens were born earlier that day and that the mother wasn’t feeding them. When she contacted a veterinarian, according to the report, she was told all the vet could do was put them down.

The sergeant on the case said he’s called the officers who were on the scene to determine why an arrest wasn’t made, saying a follow-up is in order.

A possible charge would be cruelty to animals, a second-degree misdemeanor.


1NoBS(2762 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Does Nitro's Law extend to cats, too? Cruelty to animals is cruelty to animals.

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2kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Listen up people!!!! THERE ARE NO LAWS PROTECTING CATS!!!!! I have neighbors who let feral cats breed in their barn. There are TONS of them. They usually end up giving birth on my property. I take the kittens in and nurse them until they are ready to be adopted out. I only give them to people I know and trust whose plans are to spay or neuter them. I try and catch as many mother cats as possible to bring them to Angels for Animals in order to have them spayed. Basically cats/kittens are a non issue. This woman who put the kittens in a bag should be prosecuted. I can't imagine someone doing this. She definitely sounds like she has mental issues. Please have your cats spayed or neutered! Diane Less at Angels for Animals is a great go to person for this. Angels is the best resource we have in this area. And please, even if you are one of those "cat haters" if you find cats/kittens that are in need put an ad in the paper. Make sure the recipients plan to have them fixed. This is an issue dear to my heart.

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3auntiem4cabs(115 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

she wasn't arrested why??? smh

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