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Mayo couple grieves for poisoned cats

A MAYO couple is heartbroken after their three cats were poisoned over the weekend.

Shafayath Karim, 67, and his wife Rita Ramdass, 57, visited Newsday’s South Bureau this morning to express their frustration and pain over the ordeal.

Karim said about a year ago, they found an adult female cat which fell into a septic tank in their yard.

Karim said he and his sons sprang into action to save the drowning feline and she quickly became a part of their family.

They called her “Susie” and their 22-year-old daughter, Bibi, quickly became attached to her.

Three months ago, Susie had three kittens, who Bibi named “Ears,” “Frazzle” and “Mama.”

“They were like our children, so loving and playful,” an emotional Ramdass said. “I don’t know why anyone would want to harm such beautiful, innocent creatures.”

She said her family has lived in Mayo for over 35 years and they are accustomed to feeding abandoned animals.

“We live in a bushy area with not a lot of houses around us, so people always come and dump kittens and dogs in the area. We take them in and feed them but Susie was different because she stayed with us.”

Ramdass said Susie was found dead on Thursday morning and the kittens died on Saturday. She recalled seeing Mama fighting for her life on Saturday morning.

“I got up and fed them as usual and they were out playing, when I saw her coming running back in, she was running in circles and falling down…I tried to call her to see what was wrong but she wouldn’t come to me. She ran upstairs and onto the shed roof and fell off.”

Karim described the actions as callous and savage.

NEWSDAY 

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