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Critter Control Kills Cats for Profit!

How the "Nation's Leading Animal Control Firm" is a Danger to Pet Owners

by the Rev. D. Rebecca Deinsen & Joshua Deinsen
Toledo Residents and Concerned Citizens

On November 3, 2003, Critter Control of Toledo baited, trapped, and killed two neighborhood cats in our quiet residential area of Toledo. Critter Control was hired by the elementary school across the street from us to trap raccoons, but while Critter Control did not capture any raccoons, they did manage to lure two neighborhood cats into their traps. One of the cats they trapped and killed matched the description of our family cat named Franc: a friendly, plump, groomed, domesticated, neutered male cat who had been outside for just a short while before we went looking for him.

The cat was trapped just yards from our home and killed in Critter Control's gas chamber the same day he was caught. There was no time to save him despite our efforts. The body was conveniently sent to a city landfill so we could not identify him nor bury him. The only reason we discovered his fate is because we spoke to everyone in the neighborhood until one witness said he saw the two cats in Critter Control's traps. To our horror. we learned that such trapping goes on daily without any notification to the residents who live in the area.

On November 6, 2003, we spoke with the school administration who had hired Critter Control and they said they had no knowledge that Critter Control had captured and killed the cats. I informed them that Critter Control had charged them $60 for each cat they euthanized; they were outraged. Critter Control deems these neighborhood cats "non-target animals" in their contract and euthanizes cats, regardless of whether they are domestic or adoptable, along with any wildlife they manage to lure into their traps. The school has since terminated their contract with Critter Control.

We are simply asking Critter Control to hold the cats they catch for at least 72 hours, notify the Humane society of their capture immediately, provide appropriate containment facilities for the cats, and sign a contract that makes the policy binding. So far they have refused. To our knowledge, Critter Control continues to bait, trap, and kill cats in residential neighborhoods such as ours and throughout the greater Toledo area.

Pet owners need to be made aware of the dangers; pets are at risk as potential profit in any area that Critter Control is trapping. Because Critter Control does not inform residents in the areas in which they are trapping, the risk is even greater.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Below are links to two petitions. The first one asks Critter Control to stop killing our pets around the nation. Everyone is asked to sign it.

The second petition asks the State of Ohio to change its laws and will be sent to local representatives. Ohio residents are asked to sign it.

Please take a moment now to sign the online petitions and then please forward (copy and paste) this to as many people as possible so we can warn the public of this danger. If you are able to help, take action, or intervene in any way, please do. We pray we can stop this senseless killing.

Sincerely,
The Deinsen Family

We love and miss you Franc!

Please sign our petition and help with this cause!

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Petition: Stop Killing Our Pets Critter Control!
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To sign this petition, copy and paste this URL into your browser's address field:
http://thiscause.org/petitions/menu.php?petition=Darlyn_Rebecca_Deinsen38414

Or click here: Sign Petition

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Petition Recipient:
Critter Control, Inc.

To Critter Control, Inc. and Kevin Clark, CEO:

In many of the Critter Control franchises around the USA and Canada, where laws allow, Critter Control is involved in the baiting and trapping of cats in residential neighborhoods followed by the killing of such cats for profit. Critter Control is the largest wildlife-control company in the US. Recognizing that such practices have already lead to the death of domestic animals and people’s beloved pets and will inevitably continue to lead to such deaths in the future, we ask that Critter Control enforce a nationwide policy disallowing all their franchises from trapping and killing cats for profit.

We do not believe it is in the public's best interest to allow for-profit companies such as Critter Control to be in the business of trapping and killing animals which are commonly kept as household pets. All pets are at risk when our pets become potential profit. We believe only non-profit and government agencies, who are accountable to state laws and regulations, are equipped to handle pets, and, most importantly, do not make a profit on their efforts, should deal with cats. Please let Critter Control, the "leading" pest control company in the nation, also lead the way in being the most humane.

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OHIO RESIDENTS:
Please sign our petition and help with this cause!

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Petition: Don't Let Our Pets be Killed for Profit
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To sign this petition, copy and paste this URL into your browser's address field:
http://thiscause.org/petitions/menu.php?petition Darlyn_Rebecca_Deinsen30903

Or click here: Sign Petition

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Petition Recipient:
The State of Ohio

To the State of Ohio:

We do not believe it is in the public's best interest to allow for-profit companies (pest control and wildlife control companies) to be in the business of trapping and killing animals which are commonly kept as household pets for several reasons.

Currently in the State of Ohio, the baiting and trapping of cats in residential neighborhoods, followed by the killing of such cats for profit (by for-profit companies) occurs regularly. Recognizing that allowing such businesses to profit from the death of domestic animals has already lead to the death of citizens' beloved pets and will inevitably continue to lead to such deaths in the future, we ask that the State of Ohio develop a law disallowing all for-profit companies from killing cats for profit. Additionally, for-profit companies are not regulated and held accountable to State laws regarding the containment of animals caught for a minimum of 72 hours and this leads to the death of pets without any time for owners to claim their pets.

All pets are at risk when our pets become potential profit. We believe only non-profit and government agencies, who are accountable to state laws and regulations, are equipped to handle pets, and, most importantly, do not make a profit on their efforts, should deal with cats.