Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Animal advocacy groups are stepping in to help in neighborhoods where cat owners are finding their pets shot.

It is unclear why it is happening and who is doing it.

In Lafourche Parish, a cat lives after being shot through his coat with a hunting arrow according to The Daily Comet. In St. John Parish, no one is sure why Bella was shot in the forehead with a bullet, causing her to lose an eye.

'It makes me angry,' said the man who took her in, hand fed her and had her chipped and spayed. 'And the thing I'm worried about is that people who injure animals generally move, it's fairly typical, they move on to people. So the person who's a threat to animals sooner or later may very well be a threat to a human.'

The man, who did not want to give his name on camera, lives in the Belle Point subdivision of Laplace. He is disabled, and along with his disabled parents, tries to help the many stray cats that are all over the area.

'At one point, we had 20 cats in our backyard and through spaying and neutering, and we've got a few of them adopted out, we've gotten the number down to about eight.'

Four live in his house. The others in the yard where they can still get out. With limited resources, some have had litters before he could get them altered.

His neighbor said he's had his dog poisoned in his backyard. People wonder if it's youths causing trouble, or if it's angry residents who have had property damage by the feral cats.

'From the cat urinating on the wheels, the acidity of that rusted his wheels out,' said a neighbor who did not want to give his name. He said cars have also been scratched with cats getting in car engines and on roofs.

So the Humane Society of Louisiana is stepping in to de-escalate the issue, with mediation and solutions.

It says there are many ways to keep feral cats from damaging your property without harming them. On the internet, look for nonlethal cat deterrents or an organization called Ally Cat Allies.

'There's sprays. There's odors. There's devices that you can put in your yard that actually spray water, and of course cats don't like that,' said Jeff Dorson, the director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

He and two volunteers were canvassing the neighborhood giving out flyers.

His group is offering to help the family taking in strays with spay and neuter vouchers and a cat containing fence.

But a neighbor said the area needs attention to many other crimes which have not been covered by the media.

'We had a murder just recently right down the street, just a couple of houses down from where we standing.'

Neighbors are just hoping to get a handle on all the violence, that effects them and their pets.

Spaymart is also helping.

If you have any information about either of these crimes call 1-888-6-HUMANE. There is a cash reward.

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