Alley Cat Allies is closely monitoring the case of Nico Dauphine, the researcher at the National Zoo charged in May of this year with attempted cruelty to animals living near her Columbia Heights home.

Ms. Dauphine is alleged to have spiked food left out for feral cats by their caregivers with rat poison. If convicted, Ms. Dauphine faces punishment that could include a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days incarceration

All catspet, stray, and feralare protected by anti-cruelty laws that exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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