Pet Cat Captured By Accident?

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 23, 2009 at 10:26 PM EDT

A Binghamton man is heartbroken over the disappearance of his cat.

Ely Park Apartments recently hired an animal trapping company to deal with tenant complaints about wildlife.

But as Action News Reporter Jessica Light tells us, this pet owner believes his cat got caught up in the capture.

"I haven't slept in, since last Tuesday." says James Delanoy.

James Delanoy is worried sick over his cat Molly.

The black cat disappeared about a week ago outside Delanoy's Ely Park Apartment.

"She was my baby. Geez." Delanoy says.

Delanoy believes his baby was captured by a trapping company.

Ely Park Apartments says it recently hired Fur and Feathers Wild Life Control after a number of tenants complained about wild animals on the grounds.

But the owner of Ely Park Apartments says it is not aware of any situation where domestic animals were captured.

Andrew Gordon of Legacy Bay Apartments says the company never intended to remove people's pets.

Fur and Feathers says it was contracted to trap skunks and ferrell cats.

It removed 10 cats and 1 skunk last week.

Owner Jason Carter says if a trapper catches an animal with a collar or tag, it's released right away.

But if a captured cat is not tagged and its agressive in any way, it's considered ferrell.

Delanoy says Molly did not wear a collar.

But he says he registered his cat with the apartment complex when he moved in 2 years ago.

"I just want to find out what they did with my cat. She's just a loving little cat. So precious to me and they took her away." says Delanoy.

The trapping company can't say what exactly happened to the cats it caught at Ely Park.

And it can't confirm that Molly was one of those cats.

But typically, the company says, ferrell cats are sent to shelters for euthanasia.

Delanoy says he's called dozens of local shelters, and fears he'll never see Molly again.

In Binghamton, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.

Action News has not been able to get a clear answer as to whether pets are allowed at Ely Park Apartments.

The management office says the complex went pet-free in the Fall 2008.

A manager at Legacy Bay Apartments says there has been no change in the pet policy, although he was not even sure what that policy is.

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