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Bremerton man upset over trapped cat approaches neighbors with bat

BREMERTON - An East Bremerton couple on a crusade to rid their neighborhood of unwanted cats contacted law enforcement Sunday after seeing an upset neighbor with a baseball bat walking toward their home, on the 500 block of NW Fairwood Way.

The couple told Kitsap County sheriff's deputies that they had checked with the Kitsap County Humane Society to verify it was legal to trap cats. They purchased a live trap for $70, and at a neighborhood association meeting told other residents they would photograph all cats caught before turning them over to the humane society. Anyone would be welcome to view the photos in case a pet cat was among the trapped animals, the couple said.

On Aug. 5, a 33-year-old neighbor came to their home and, after seeing his cat in a photo, became upset with the couple, a sheriff's office report states. Later, the cat trap disappeared, the couple said.

On Sunday, the woman saw the 33-year-old walking up the block with a baseball bat. She alerted her husband, and they locked the doors. They also took photos of the man, which they turned over to the Sheriff's office.

When deputies questioned the 33-year-old, he initially denied having left his home. He later admitted he approached the couple's house feeling angry and carrying the bat, saying "That dude is bigger and I needed it to protect myself."

The 33-year-old was upset because his cat became sick after being sent to the Humane Society, he said. He also admitted taking the cat trap. He agreed to return it and stay away from the neighbors.

No arrest was made. The Kitsap County Prosecutor is reviewing the report to determine whether to file charges.

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