|May 8, 2004
There is a man on Carver Drive in Magalia, California who is trapping the neighbors' cats and taking them to the Northwest SPCA, 2868 S 5th Ave, Oroville, CA 95965 (27 miles away), (530) 533-7636, to be destroyed. His name is Joe Canzoneri, and he has admitted to doing this. Read Greg Welter's news article from the Chico Enterprise-Record by clicking here. Mr. Canzoneri told the Channel 12 news reporter that he will not stop trapping. He says we need to tie our cats up with ropes. He thinks his plants in his yard are more important than our pets and claims the cats are destroying them, when it fact it's more likely that the local deer, racoons, and squirrels are having a field day there. Although he chooses to live in a rural area that has a lot of wildlife, he does not want anything with fur in his yard. He has things on his trees filled with liquid that is supposed to deter squirrels. If he wants to live somewhere that has no animals, he should move to a big city!
So far Mr. Canzoneri has trapped the cat pictured here, Orange Julius, who belonged to my next door neighbors, Ann and Andrew. He has trapped my cat, Turtle, one other down the street, and a small gray and white kitten. Orange Julius and Turtle are dead, as is the third cat. Thankfully, the shelter notified us about the kitten so it could be rescued. There may be more cats that we are unaware of at this point. He is baiting a trap with food, which ensures that any cat who can smell it will come into his yard, whether or not that cat had ever been there before.
Mr. Canzoneri also says he doesn't understand why everyone is making a fuss over this. This neighborhood is filled with older people, and some of them have no companionship other than their pets and consider them to be as children to them. To break the hearts of these people who love their animals so much is unconscionable. There is not one drop of empathy in Mr. Canzoneri. He shows not one bit of remorse, despite the fact that three of the people whose cats were taken went to talk to him.
My Turtle had been in this neighborhood for nine years, Orange Julius for four years. This horrible man had to have seen these cats for years and known that they were his neighbors pets. This made no difference to him. When confronted with his crime, he said he was too old to go door to door to talk to his neighbors about their cats. However, he is not too old to drive all the way to Oroville to do away with our pets! Nor is he too old to spend hours gardening. No, he did not WANT us to find our cats; he wanted them to vanish without a trace, and I'm sure he never thought we'd discover the truth. Some people say that we should have had collars on our cats with tags. I say this man probably would have taken the collars off before turning the cats in to the shelter, because he is not interested in returning our pets to us - he wants them taken away.
If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Carver Drive, and if you have a cat which goes outdoors at all, be aware that your cat is in danger. The SPCA has only a four-day hold on cats that are brought in, and if your cat is missing for even a short while, you need to call right away. Don't let your precious pet meet the same fate as ours did.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THIS VICIOUS MAN??? According to the Butte County sheriff's office and the Northwest SPCA, it is perfectly LEGAL for anyone to trap pet cats and turn them in. Therefore, we must change the law. How? Write to your supervisors, your senators, your State Assemblyman, animal rights organizations - make your voice heard! Call or write to the local newspapers and TV stations. Be vocal! And write to the Butte County District Attorney and insist that he prosecute this man for willful destruction of property and intentional cruelty to animals.
Here are some addresses:
Butte County Supervisor Kim Yamaguchi:
747 Elliott Road
Paradise, CA 95969
Phone: (530) 872-6303
Butte County District Attorney's Office
25 County Center Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 538-7411
Assemblyman Rick Keene
Online contact form
State Capitol, Room 6027
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0003
Phone: (916) 319-2003
Fax: (916) 319-2103
Chico District Office
1550 Humboldt Road, Suite 4
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 895-4217
Fax: (530) 895-4219
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Phone: (212) 876-7700 during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
Write: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804
The Chico Enterprise-Record Newspaper
PO Box 9
Chico CA 95927
Public Safety Reporter Greg Welter (530) 896-7768
Email it to the E-R (registration required)
Northern California News Channels 12 and 24
Address: 3460 Silverbell Rd. - Chico, Ca
Phone: 530-343-1212 530-342-0141
Fax: 530-342-2405 530-342-4905
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