Opportunity: Never crated, and allowed run of the house even when everyone is asleep and no one is home - Remi had plenty of opportunity
Merlin - Orange Cat
Means: Merlin has claws. Very sharp claws which I'm in the process of trying to get clipped. So far he is not cooperating.
Opportunity: Merlin is the only cat that constantly hangs out in the living room regardless of what dogs are around. He had plenty of opportunity to vandalize without fear of any dogs coming by.
Detective Notes: It doesn't look good for Merlin - he has motive, means and opportunity. But Merlin has been living in the home for many months now, and has no previous known history of vandalism.
Motive: Noelle seems to enjoy being naughty, so it is no stretch to believe that she realized this would be naughty and jumped at the chance.
Means: Noelle has nails that are definitely capable of scratching up a wall.
Means: Babette has sharp claws.
Opportunity: None. Because she also glares at the other cats (and hisses at them too!) she is in solitary confinement.
Detective Notes: I am confident in ruling out Babette as a suspect due to the lack of opportunity she had to commit the crime.
Duke - Beagle/Coonhound mix
Means: Duke has shown to be a good digger, as evidenced by the holes in the back yard. He is definitely capable of this crime.
Opportunity: Duke has been crated when I am not watching him, so he has not had much opporunity to commit this crime.
Means: Harley is a four-paw declawed cat.
Opportunity: Limited. Harley prefers to stay away from the area of the house where the dogs hang out.
Simon and Sampson - Domestic Short Hair cats
The decision has been made to enforce a lock-down of the suspects when the primary caregiver is not supervising, in order to set a trap in case the perpetrator returns to the scene of the crime. This will be done by giving one suspect freedom while the rest are sequestered overnight. If the damage reoccurs, the responsible party can be identified by process of elimination.
The suspects do not appear to be pleased with this decision, but the primary caregiver is unrelenting. Further updates will be made as the investigation progresses.
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