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Cats and dog lead to troubles in River City


NUISANCE BY CATS - MASSENA - An ongoing dispute between pet owners in the Park and Warren avenue area in Massena has resulted in a nuisance by cats charge, a count rarely seen in police blotters.

Village police charged Dawn M. Snyder, 44, of 42 Park Ave., Massena, with nuisance by cats Thursday evening following an investigation into a harassment complaint she had lodged Oct. 16 against one of her neighbors.

That investigation, which included interviews with a number of other neighbors, led to the charges being filed against Snyder. The man she claimed had harassed her is the alleged victim of the nuisance by cats.

Her three cats reportedly damaged a boat and vehicle at the Wilfred Kirkey residence at 15 Warren Ave. “All three of Dawn’s cats have been on my car, my truck, my boat, my deck and my garage. I now have damaged to my boat in the form of puncture marks and claw marks, and the car has scratch marks on the top and side of the roof,” Mr. Kirkey said.

Another neighbor told police Snyder’s cats were urinating in his garage at 14 Warren Ave.

Snyder, in her statement to police, said she had been in her garage with other family members when Mr. Kirkey started screaming at her from inside his residence on Oct. 16.

Mr. Kirkey acknowledge he had confronted Snyder, but he said he only responded after he heard her telling her family members that his dog was always attacking her cat.

He said he had disputed that allegation and told Snyder if his dog was on her property she could shoot it. Mr. Kirkey also admitted some of the exchanges during the argument had been less than neighborly.

“Dawn told me to go have a drink. I told Dawn to go wipe out a buffet bar,” Mr. Kirkey told police.

Neighbors who told police they had overheard the argument indicated Mr. Kirkey’s rendition of the incident accurately reflected the verbal altercation.

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