General Crime

*Novato Water District Employee Allegedly Tried To Poison Feral Cats

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A North Marin Water District employee has been arrested for allegedly pouring a green liquid, believed to be antifreeze, into bowls left out near the Novato facility to feed feral cats, police announced today.Corey Nolan Reed, 28, was arrested at his Novato home Saturday on one felony and one misdemeanor charge of attempted animal cruelty, for allegedly pouring the liquid into the bowls on Jan. 21, police Lt. John McCarthy said. It does not appear that Reed’s actions sickened any cats, Marin County Humane Society spokeswoman Carrie Harrington said. About 25 feral cats live in the area near the water district facility, located at 999 Rush Creek Place, and community volunteers leave bowls of food out for them, Harrington said.The water district helps the volunteers by occasionally paying for spays and neuters or by feeding the cats, but is in no way responsible for the cats’ care, Harrington said.She said witnesses pointed authorities in Reed’s direction. “Based on eyewitness accounts and people who consistently monitor the area, this person was always a person of interest,” she said.Water district general manager Chris DeGabriele said today that although the facility has nothing to do with the situation, “It’s really unfortunate and I’m sorry it happened.”

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