Plot to kill Max the cat puts families at risk

SAFETY FEARS: Majella Thompson and her daughter Bronte are concerned for their cat Max after a note was posted at their Cotton Tree units threatening baiting.
SAFETY FEARS: Majella Thompson and her daughter Bronte are concerned for their cat Max after a note was posted at their Cotton Tree units threatening baiting. Iain Curry

MAX likes nothing better than to sit on the front fence of a Cotton Tree unit complex and wait for a pat from a friendly passer-by.

But not everyone is a friend.

Anonymous threats have been made to bait the three-year-old moggie.

Residents of the 17-unit Visions complex fear a child could unwittingly swallow a deadly poison intended for the friendly feline.

They were alarmed when a note was posted at the front entrance this week warning that bait had been placed "in the complex and surrounds" to euthananise the cat.

"In the interim, please ensure kids and visitors do not touch liquids or substances in the carpark," the note said.

Max's owner, Majella Thompson, said she was worried that an animal or child could fall victim to a bait laid at the complex or the adjacent park.

"Has the bait been laid? We don't know if they've laid it here or in the park," Mrs Thompson said.

"There's scrub turkeys there. People walk their dogs there, and there's children here," she said.

Her concerns were echoed by a tenant angry that someone would think of laying bait in a complex where there were children of school-age and younger.

"There's a little boy and there's girls down on the corner," she said.

Mrs Thompson said most people in the complex enjoyed Max's company but she had received complaints about him escaping the bounds of her unit and courtyard to venture on to common property in breach of body corporate guidelines.

"I've put bamboo fencing up but he either digs underneath or climbs out. But he generally just sits on the front fence and lets everyone pat him and then he comes in overnight so he's not out getting the birds in the morning," she said.

"He knows the neighbours better than I do.

"I'll be walking in and they'll be saying, 'Hi Max, how are you?'"

Mrs Thompson believes she knows who is responsible for the baiting threats and has contacted police.

The baiting of animals is illegal in Queensland and carries a maximum penalty of $33,000.

The Daily attempted to contact a representative of the complex's body corporate last night but did not receive a reply.

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