I had written a letter and stuck it in my draft folder. It is to your mayor, and I just re-checked it and added to it and sent it. Here is a copy:
My name is Mary Anne Miller and I live in Sweet Home Oregon. I am a native Southern Californian though, and for the last 14 years, I have been active in rescuing abused and abandoned cats. Recently, through a cat newsletter that I belong to, I became aware of the disappearance of over 300 cats from your city.
I read with interest (and disbelief) statements made that 200 missing cats is "normal" because they "stray". Well sir, they do stray, but they do not stray far, unless it is mating season and the irresponsible owners have not spayed or neutered their cat. Then they go off in a quest for the female they scent in the wind. But they do no vanish in great numbers such as the ones in your city appear to be doing UNLESS they are being stockpiled in great numbers by people with evil intent and being sold for research.
The attitude of the gentleman that have responded to this dilemma, and it is a dilemma Sir, has been an almost apathetic shrug, so what, it is only a cat. True, a cat cannot vote, but their owners can, and you may very well have a problem on your hands especially if you are considering running for another term. No voter likes to see an official dismiss their problems and mock their pain. Plus, with the advent of the Internet, this story is no longer a local issue, it has been sent out by others all along the network, and I am sure you have been deluged by emails by now. If not, you soon will be as will your constituents.
I am sure you are proud of your city, and you may have done great things in helping to establish an animal shelter, so why drag your feet and whine that there is no "proof" of said crime and have your constituents say that the police have "more important things to occupy their time" then the disappearance of cats"? If these were missing children, and I am sure some of the owners feel like their children are indeed missing, you wouldn't hesitate to find the person behind this.
Someone is taking great advantage of your apathy Honorable Sir. They are stealing all the cats they can get their hands on and you are letting them get away with it! This does not speak well of an elected official, and I am sure the repercussions as this story continues to have a life in cyberspace, will cause you some (I hope) twinges of conscience and you will hopefully do the right thing, and light a fire under the police department for them to start an investigation. I have seen what evil people do to helpless cats, please do not make these felines more helpless than they already are by sitting back and resting on your laurels and ignoring this problem.
Mary Anne Miller
Sweet Home Oregon