According to a January 26 report by KGW News, police have charged an Oregon man with animal abuse after several cats were found dead in Salem. A video is available at that link.
Necropsies have been done on three of the dead cats, and kidney failure due to antifreeze poisoning was determined to be the cause of death. Results of five other cats haven’t come in yet.
All of the cats died between Friday, January 16 and Monday, January 19, including two cats belonging to Rebecca Hogan and her daughter. Athena and Harley died of suspected antifreeze poisoning, prompting Rebecca to accuse Ramos-Perez of killing the cats. In an interview with KGW News, Rebecca said
“You don’t know, those could be somebodies animals. That could be some little girls kitten.”
Officials don’t expect any more arrests in the case. Ramos-Perez was issued a citation, meaning he’s not in jail, but sitting comfortably at home. His booking photo pictured on Examiner is from a September 2014 arrest, so he has been in trouble with the law before.
Authorities want people in the 6th Street area to watch out for sick cats, and to seek veterinary care immediately should their cat become ill after being outside.