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I asked an online friend why he'd posted that in his journal. His first reply: “and it is made especially unjoyful by the theft and probable torture and death of my cat whom i cared for the past eleven years.”
In another message he amplified:
what makes me feel even worse is that i had a clue that someone wanted to take her. someone was leaving cat food on a newspaper on several mornings of the previous 2 or 3 weeks, on weekdays before i awake. i didn't do anything drastic; it seemed like it might be just one of the schoolkids who pass by my house on the main neighborhood exit road while going to the bus stop. i never even thought of the possibility that someone might use her as live bait for training dogs. but that seems to be what happened, though i can't be certain of it. i have only hearsay evidence, though from a reliable friend, of a past occurrence done by some nearby neighbors, using a small dog from the neighborhood. yet i have nothing i could use to get the sheriffs to investigate or search. the owner of the little dog got it back almost immediately because the people who did it were seen using his dog this way, so with an eyewitness, he was able to get the sheriff's department to investigate, and force the return of his pet. by the time i heard of this history, my cat had already been missing for 3 days. a couple of days after that, i saw something that seemed to be a confirmation that these people were doing this sort of thing, but it was too nebulous to have a certain interpretation.
Sad and revolting. To say anything else would be just playing with words.