[UPDATED with Traps Sabotaged:] Typhus Report Leads to Santa Ana Cat Killing

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UPDATE, MAY 31, 12:54 P.M.: Outrage over the controversial Orange County Vector Control campaign to eradicate fleas carrying typhus by eradicating Santa Ana cats that may be carrying fleas has moved from the virtual world--in the form of online opposition--to the real world. Though one of six traps set at Frances E. Willard Intermediate School on North Ross Street caught a possum that is now being tested for typhus, the others were sabotaged.

How?

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By someone throwing objects into the traps to make them close.

Santa Ana Police say the perpetrators were not captured on school surveillance video, so there are no suspects.

Except for a certain smirking tabby.

UPDATE, MAY 29, 3:50 P.M.: Who didn't see this coming?

Alley Cat Allies, "the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats," today called on officials in Santa Ana to halt trapping and killing feral cats "in a misguided effort to eradicate flea-born typhus.What follows is the Betheda, Maryland-based organization's release:

ALLEY CAT ALLIES URGES SANTA ANA TO STOP KILLING CATS IN TYPHUS ERADICATION EFFORT

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BETHESDA, MD-- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today urged public health workers in Santa Ana, Calif., to stop trapping and killing cats in a misguided effort to eradicate flea-born typhus.

"This trapping ignores the basic scientific fact that typhus is not spread by cats--it is caused by a bacteria spread by fleas. Killing cats is cruel and is not a solution," said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

Epidemiologist Deborah L. Ackerman, M.S., Ph.D., notes that fleas are versatile parasites and will simply find another host, as dogs, raccoons, opossums, mice and all mammals as well as birds are potential hosts for fleas. Outbreaks of the disease are rare. In previous outbreaks in California, infected fleas have been found on pet cats. In Texas, in another endemic area, officials have found dogs with infected fleas.

Alley Cat Allies advises officials in Santa Ana to follow the example of other areas with typhus cases by focusing their efforts on controlling the source of typhus--fleas. Less than 50 miles north, Los Angeles County advises treating pets for fleas and using humane outdoor cat deterrents to control flea infestations. Instead of killing feral cats, who avoid people by nature, the organization urged Santa Ana officials to provide community resources for residents to treat and protect their pets, whom they come in contact with every day.

"Feral cats aren't the problem, but they are paying for it with their lives. This trapping and killing will not protect the public and it has to stop immediately," said Robinson.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 29, 11:08 A.M.: Public health workers are laying traps at Frances E. Willard Intermediate School and El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana today after a nearby resident contracted flea-borne typhus last week. The plan is for feral cats carrying the fleas to wander into the traps before the felines are sedated and euthanized, according to county vector control officials.

Also known as Endemic typhus and Murine typhus, the disease can produce chills, rashes, headaches, high fever and body aches and pains to people exposed to it.

Due to federal privacy laws, city officials could only identify the person who contracted typhus as a resident of the Broadway-Washington Avenue area of Santa Ana. Some media reports have described the victim as a child.

Nearby Willard School, which is in the 1300 block of North Ross Street, and El Sol in the 1000 block of North Broadway are being targeted for traps because feral cats roam each.

Residents citywide are being advised to treat their pets with flea medication and to remove any pet food that wild animals can get to. Learn more from the county vector control district alert or the vector control district flea-borne typhus page.

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James Crowley
James Crowley

Civic minded citizens need to stand up to these animal right nutjobs. Put out vegetable oil and antifreeze for the stray cats. They'll then get a much more painful death than these traps. Sad for the cats but they should have left the traps alone. Thats not enough for these wackjobs though. We need to pour some used motor oil on a seal at Newport Harbor too to teach them a lesson. 

Boboorozco
Boboorozco

Instead of hunting cats, why don't they just hunt fleas?

Woodsman001
Woodsman001

 FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because they cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today -- FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague -- Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive-species like these cats that can breed 2-4X's faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

FACT: Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only managed to reduce the number of feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to  0.024% (and as the months go on that percentage becomes even more insignificant), thereby allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to continually and exponentially breed out of control. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can't even reduce the number of feral cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution, then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

FACT: When researching all the most "successful" TNR programs around the globe, JUST ONE OF THEM has managed to trap more than 0.4% of cats in their area. Oregon's amazing 50,000 TNR'ed cats (the highest rate I found) is only 4.9% of all feral-cats in their state. Yet, by applying advanced population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% of cats they will have trapped only 0.35% of all feral-cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being -- IF A CAT-LOVER-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

Woodsman001
Woodsman001

 How nice to know that when cat-transmitted plague comes to your area, that these cat-wackos will be releasing those cats as well. Proving to the whole world just how much they care about their fellow man and all other life on earth. It looks like the only thing that's going to stop these people is convicting and sentencing them under all the laws that define bioterrorism. Not only are the diseases that cats carry harmful to all animal and human life, but so too are the cats themselves harmful to all wildlife and humans. This perfectly defines a two-tiered bioterrorism agent. On top of that, they are using a man-made invasive-species to carry out their bioterrorist acts.

It's time to lock them all up in prisons, for life.

Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.

These are just the diseases they've been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

For just a FEW examples.

Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/80...www.pagosasun.com/archives/201...

Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans):www.news-gazette.com/news/heal...www.westyellowstonenews.com/ne...

Flea-borne Typhus:www.ocregister.com/articles/co...

Hookworm -- ruined Miami Businesses:articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Only in SA would they sabotage traps intended to prevent the spread of disease.

Not PC
Not PC

I rescued a kitten that has a deformed foot (Only has one toe on his left rear)  He is the most loving cat.  My fiance passed away suddenly two years ago and my two cat buddies Kimba and Petie have been so important to me since she has been gone. 

Not PC
Not PC

I would much rather sit next to a flea ridden cat than 99% of the 25 cent scumbags with the skull tattoos all over and their hat 15 degrees off kilter thinking it looks cool. A cat never tried to rob me or shoot me.  A cat never made me feel thankful that I carry a concealed .40 Cal ACP Handgun .(Legally)  What have cats done to me?  Made me smile, Lowered my blood pressure, made me laugh,Brought comfort to me purring when my cat is sitting on my chest as I watch the news and get upset at all the violence and coruption in our world.  The persons responsible for the killing of these precious cats should hang their heads in shame.

Guest
Guest

Why are cats being targeted? Fleas carry the disease and fleas can be found on any mammal including dogs. 

Sorel11072005
Sorel11072005

Feral cats are just cats without a home. Please don't kill cats when flea medication can solve the problem.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Alley Cat Allies has their heart in the right place; however, these are feral cats -- kill the fucking things with some alacrity please.  

ducksfan
ducksfan

It is all about demographics unfortunately.  The residents of say Anaheim Hills, Tustin, Yorba Linda do not let their cats run around the neighborhood unspayed and unneutered and without flea treatment. 

Once again the cats suffer because of human actions.   

Esther Gutierrez
Esther Gutierrez

 I'm so familiar with the area, I hope this is resolved asap. This freaks me out. Prayers to family of this poor lil child even though i don't wish it upon anyone i just hope its not someone I personally know. 

Hernan Cortez
Hernan Cortez

Welcome to Santa Ana the third world country plagued with immigrants filled with diseases.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Pellet gun cat hunting season is now open! 

RestInPee
RestInPee

She probably passed on to avoid being around your stupid ass!

Not PC
Not PC

You are a douche.  I mean that sincerely. 909 Jeff too.

Talltrees
Talltrees

It has been reported Indonesians in California are killing strays to eat.  They hang them up in their backyards to dry.  Also, stray dogs are eaten. 

I read that California has laws against eating dogs, not sure about cats.

It is true, immigrants are bringing diseases with them that had been eradicated in the U.S.  Tuberculosis, one of them.

mitch young
mitch young

You and La Malinche are responsible for these people's very existence, Nando.

mitch young
mitch young

Immigration and Typhus

"Two weeks ago the steamship Massilia brought to tins city 248 Russian Hebrews, and within the last two days it has been discovered that about one-third of these immigrants are suffering from typhus fever, one of the most virulent and menacing of the diseases which test the powers of sanitary officers."New York Times --  13 Feb 1982

Marty201010
Marty201010

 cant believe your so ignorant to say that

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I didn't know there were so many Hebrews in SA.

BettaRayBill
BettaRayBill

Damd! I got them cross some how.  I ll be sure to fix my schedule, but queer beatings are still done on Monday right?

BettaRayBill
BettaRayBill

What the F*&$ are you talking about.  Who gives a shit about your "record".  As far as I know, onone has accused them of murder or hanging on this post.  Is not what they do you dipshit. Is what they stand for. Fucking moron!

mitch young
mitch young

You know, we've had a 'crack' "reporter" working on Klan activity in OC for what, 2-3 years now, and he has uncovered *zero* hangings, or any other kind of murder -- or even  great bodily harm, done by the Klan in this county -- ever.

Just to set the record straight.

Dave
Dave

Silly BRB. Cross burnings are on Thursday. Tree hanguns are on Tuesday. Come on man, get your schedule straight.

mitch young
mitch young

Look below -- someone named *Esther* is commenting.

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