PORTAGE (WKOW) — A Portage man was sentenced to three years probation for killing cats and dumping them on a rural Columbia County property.
Paul A Greiner, 73, faces a year in prison if he fails to comply with the requirements of probation and also was ordered to write a letter of apology.
Detectives from Portage Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant April 11, 2018 at the suspect’s house in Portage. The investigation revealed that Greiner was trapping these cats on his own property near the bird feeders. Three of the dead cats have been identified as being domesticated cats from the city of Portage.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a call March 22 from a town of Lewiston resident reporting that she found some dead cats on her property.
The caller, Liz Masterson, says she began discovering the bodies of cats on her land twelve miles from Portage. Masterson says she found nine dead cats in a period of six weeks. Masterson says there was no indication the cats had been hit by cars on a nearby road, or were feral.
A deputy started the investigation and noticed what appeared to be dead domestic cats were thrown in this person’s yard.
Then on March 25, 2018 Masterson reported to the sheriff’s office that another dead cat was found on her property.
On March 26, 2018 Masterson reported that she saw a man exit a vehicle which was stopped in the road in front of her place and throw a dead cat onto her property.
Masterson told investigators that she knew who this person was from previous contacts with him. Through the investigation, investigators learned that nine dead cats were discarded on her property. Initially there was no information on where these cats came from or how they died.
It was later learned that there were some residents in the city of Portage that were missing some of their domesticated house cats.