Animal advocates are beyond enraged after Sugar was found dead of starvation and animal attack

Animal advocates are beyond enraged after the body of Sugar, one of the Garner, North Carolina cats who was dumped Thanksgiving weekend, was found dead the morning of February 2 by Kathy Kamins and Karen Thompson, who have been involved in the search since the beginning. Sugar was taken in a pink carrier to a veterinarian, where it was confirmed by a microchip that she was one of the missing cats.

person cradles a cat who was abandoned and who died in the wild, attacked by predators

Kathy clings to Sugar after she was found dead

Sugar was cat #11. She was a senior kitty, declawed and missing most of her teeth. There had been several Sugar sightings over the past few months but attempts to trap this poor kitty were unsuccessful. Her emaciated body was found early Thursday near the same area she had been previously spotted in. Sugar had been attacked by an animal, but whether she was dead or alive at the time is unknown. Since there wasn’t a lot of blood involved, she probably died from starvation and an animal found her body.

Her tragedy makes it more important than ever for the petition against Terry Ray Beasley and Tamara Perezlazaro to gain as many signatures as possible. Right now the count is just over 5,000. The maximum sentence, from what I’ve heard, is 120 days jail time. Each are charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty and 16 counts of animal abandonment. Their next court appearance in Johnston County is set for February 28, but it’s unlikely the case will move forward at that time.

rest in peace Sugar a rescue cat who died after being abandoned

A lot of people don’t know about this, but Tamara messaged me on Facebook back in mid-December under her new name of Tammy Griffin. I didn’t know it was Tamara at the time and asked her whether she thought Tamara was afraid of Terry Beasley and that’s why she allowed him to take her cats. He’s a big man, standing around 6’4” and weighing about 230 pounds (information from one of his arrest records) Tammy messaged me back the following reply:

screen shot of message

Tamara has also defended herself saying she didn’t take the cats off, her boyfriend did. I don’t know about you out there who worship cats, but if my man had loaded up my cats to throw them away, I’d have both arms wrapped around his legs or a wooden stake through his cold heart to stop him. A man would NOT leave my home with my cats under any circumstances! Agreed?

I would like to challenge these poor cats being dumped as a “mistake.” If this were a mistake on either of their parts, not all of those cats would have been released. Terry Beasley could have stopped opening doors and took the remaining cats back home. If this were a mistake, Tamara would have kicked him out of her life. I know I would have, should someone attempted to harm one of my cats. Now not only is she still with him, but a screenshot has surfaced saying they want to add what I would call a “lifestyle partner” to their relationship.

two criminals who abused and abandoned cats some of whom died

Terry Ray Beasley and Tamara Perezlazaro

Next, we need to look at who allowed her to pull so many cats from Cumberland County, and who pulled for her once she was banned from rescuing the shelter cats. Shelters definitely need to hear warning bells when too many cats are being pulled by one person, should that person not show evidence of a lot of adoption events. Because there ARE reputable rescues who save a lot of shelter cats because they’re able to place the cats into loving homes that have been checked out for quality assurance.

From what I’ve gathered, Tamara was freelancing in rescue and not affiliated with any particular rescue. If anyone has additional information on how she went about getting the cats after she was banned, please comment and let us all know.

As for North Carolina law, the anti-cruelty statute provides that if any person shall maliciously kill, or cause or procure to be killed, any animal by intentional deprivation of necessary sustenance, that person shall be guilty of a Class H felony. If any person shall maliciously torture, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, disfigure, poison, or kill, or cause or procure to be tortured, mutilated, maimed, cruelly beaten, disfigured, poisoned, or killed, any animal , every such offender shall for every such offense be guilty of a Class H felony. CLASS H FELONY = Low-Level Felonies.

Not all felonies carry mandatory jail time. Many property-related crimes, such as felony larceny, embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses are low-level Class H or Class I felonies for which a defendant can receive probation. Certain drug offenses, such as possession or small sales of controlled substances, are also considered low-level felonies. Often, a probationary sentence for these offenses carries special conditions such as house arrest, jail weekends, community service or substance abuse counselling. Prison sentences in North Carolina for a conviction under a Class H felony typically range from four months up to 25 months!

PLEASE sign this petition asking for the maximum sentence! If you’d like to personally contact the Honorable Judge Susan Doyle, her phone number is (919) 209-5520. It’s believed by those in the rescue community that Terry Ray Beasley will take the fall for this and Tamara will pretty much get away with whatever part she played.

To see that Tamara pays for her role in the dumping, we may have to hit the case from a pledge/financial standpoint. Someone needs to get the pledgers to call the county where Tamara has charges (Johnson County, NC) and make a complaint about the money she took for each cat… and if it is enough… they will refer the case to the state law enforcement… and then someone in NC needs to volunteer to meet with their fraud department and show them how to investigate the pledges… and if she took enough money from people then she might could get charged with that.. as pledgers we need to do this every time a person is charged with animal abuse that we paid good money to them for.

There are many photos involved in this case that appear too horrific to post on this article. I STRONGLY URGE cat lovers to NOT click on this link but realize some may need to see the outcome in this case as to what Terry and Tamara have caused.

An article with some excellence research can be found here (I suggested everyone check it out). A short video of Sugar’s memorial service can be found here.

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Animal advocates are beyond enraged after Sugar was found dead of starvation and animal attack — 63 Comments

  1. Tamara went to the shelter and adopted these cats from the shelter. Nobody pulled for her that I am aware of. She went on private message and got the money to adopt from good people and then continued to ask these people for money.

    • I’ve seen a screenshot where she listed people whom she says pulled for her. But that’s just what she said and is unproven so I kept it out of the article.

      • No one “pulled” for her. She solicited many good people for pledges and anything else she could squander….I work in Fayetteville and live in Dunn, so I was asked to transport cats she had adopted on numerous occasions. I have transported many cats for lots of rescues, even taking them to rescues 3-4 hours away (and I have never received ONE cent) so I gladly helped. No one knew what she was doing, because in the beginning, I think she did the right thing. The cats she dumped had been extensively vetted (probably at the cost of the good people that donated to her), so how was anyone to know that she was capable of this? I could have never imagined that she was such a vile, disgusting bit*ch! I was like so many and sucked into this perverse scheme! My heart is truly broken, as I met many of these cats at the shelter during my numerous visits and sadly, many of them had other rescues (good ones) that were interested, but Tamara was able to get there first and I am assuming because of the pledge money. All the pledgers should ban together and report her ass…..

    • I do have a happy ending one to write Sunday on another of the cats being found. But this death is a tragedy. She was starving. I truly hope those two heathens go to jail and someone forgets to feed them.

    • I feel the same way Albert. This sort of stuff makes me hate humans to be honest but fortunately there are lots of good people around.

  2. I disagree. Everyone who loves cats needs to look at that picture because this is acceptable in most of the westernized world. You can dump a cat out to fend for themselves and this is what happens to most of them. Loving trusting pets betrayed by the humans who just thought that little kitty was so cute. My heart aches. Because many of live in fear of our cats getting lost. Yet these piles of human filth did it without thinking.
    Sugar will rest in peace at least her remains will be respected.

  3. If anyone has any additional information that you think the judge needs to know about these two scumbags, the cats, or anything that may be pertinent to the case against them, there is an email address for the Assistant D.A. assigned to the case listed in the petition. Please email your information to him. I spoke with him yesterday via email and he is taking this case very seriously.

  4. It is so hard to find any words to describe this tragedy for this innocent angel. There are no words to define the depth of heartache this has caused so many of us who would lay down our lives to save the life of an innocent animal. It is my hope that this would be the case that would bring light to the depth of suffering that is happening so often now and strengthen the laws to protect the innocent. I really wish we had legal counsel to challenge the system and also file a landmark case on the impact of abuse to our civil rights. We also should have the right to live free from this type of mental and physical abuse inflicted by these criminals. It is true that we also suffer deep emotional abuse by these people.

  5. This is all just part of the RTF (Return To Field) programs out there supported and promoted by all TNR and animal-rights groups. They can’t stand to see any cat euthanized so they adopt them from shelters that might put them to sleep and then set them free to live happy outdoor lives–like all cats should have.

    I recall a story about a veterinarian who committed suicide from being cyberbullied by these RTF/TNR groups. (Some of those very people replying to this article of yours.) The veterinarian tried to save the life of one of these cats that they dumped outdoors. Then when she wouldn’t give it back to the the TNR group so they could dump it outside again they cyberbullied her to the point that she took her own life. I have links to blogs documenting and proving how it all went down if anyone is interested.

  6. This must be one of the very first TNR/RTF cats you’ve ever seen that died from their loving and humane TNR-Attrition, I guess.

    • These were housecats who likely never lived outside. Ferals are taught by the colony to hunt. These cats had no clue how to survive. Big difference.

      • Exactly. That’s the whole force behind the RTF that is being promoted by all TNR groups. It is better to “pull” a cat from a shelter that is about to be killed and let it roam free, in the hopes that it will find its owner again. Rather than having it killed just because the owner could, or didn’t want to, find it. I thought you knew all about all the various aspects of the TNR movement.

      • Since you’re such an expert in these matters, maybe you can clarify something for me.

        Why is okay for cats that weren’t owned to die this way, but cats that used to be owned then it’s not okay? What fine-line have you drawn in your mind where one is okay and the other is not?

        What in your mind makes one worse than the other? ALL TNR and RTF (previously owned, pulled from shelters to avoid euthanizing, and re-dumped) cats eventually die the way this one did, previously owned or not. Are you just now getting to see the tip of the iceberg of how many cats you have condemned to a torturous death from your promoting and applauding TNR?

          • So, if they have claws then it’s okay if they die this way. Did I get that right? Clawed cats that are abandoned, whether by TNR or RTF practices, all die this way too.

            I’m still waiting for why one cat dying this way is humane, legal, and perfectly acceptable if you practice TNR or RTF; and another dying this way is an inhumane criminal-act of animal-abuse if they are not part of a TNR or RTF group.

            Please explain. Nobody has yet.

          • If you don’t want a mirror held-up to your values and how you are torturing to death millions and millions of TNR and RTF cats with your lack of values, then don’t parade the results of your actions on the internet.

            There’s a very good reason that the bulk of humanity decided that a HUMANE death in a vets office is far far better than this. But no, you think you know better.

            Well, now you get to see why unwanted cats are given a peaceful death, instead of what you are condemning them too with your “out of sight, out of mind” hopes and prayers that you never get to see how you all your TNR and RTF cats die horrible deaths.

            Enjoy the fruits of your beliefs and actions. This article is just one of MILLIONS of cats that died that way — because of YOU and ANYONE LIKE YOU.

            • TNR cats are feral or community cats that can generally survive very well and also help with rodent control. Dumped, declawed pet cats, not so much. Judging by the sophistication of your writing, i think you must be able to grasp the difference and are just being deliberately obtuse, are friends with the defendants or are a troll.

            • Your comment is way off the mark. This is a case of cruel cat abandonment including a declawed elderly cat – a crime. TNR concerns able bodied feral cats and is considered to be a humane way of managing population numbers. You know that. You are just stupid troll and you’re banned.

  7. I have paid hundreds of dollars to vets and shelters on her behalf. She did a posting asking for help. When I offered to help, she had me call either the vet or the shelter directly. That’s what made her seem legit. This makes me sick, the fact that I helped her pull theses poor cats. She even gave me a sob story about the car she uses to rescue them broke and I sent her personally 200.00. She text me around Christmas telling me “she had no money for her baby girl for Christmas and could I help her” I didn’t reply and haven’t heard from her since. I knew her as Tamara Lazaro it wasn’t until I sent her the cashiers check for her car did she say make it payable to Tamara Perez Lazaro.

    I also remember her saying something about her Facebook page being down or taken down and I said why would that happen and she said “haters”. I didn’t understand that. I wish I would have been more suspicious. Her not asking for the money directly made it feel more legit. I’m sick about this.

    This just breaks my heart that I could have had a hand in helping someone I thought was helping cats and wasn’t. I’m so sorry.

  8. An unspeakable outrage. They must be punished to the full extent of the law. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have taken action and I hope that my Facebook cat loving friends will also.

  9. After years of being in cat rescue I find some things never change. Laws or new laws are worth nothing unless enforced. Hoarders don’t stop- they move. Then quickly make friends with another vet or local Animal Control while hiding the truth. Even when cases such as this or others are brought to court there may be a fine. The judge may order the people to not have pets for 2 yrs. It is never enforced. Within months they are getting more dogs and cats, probably in another state. And it begins again.
    Sadly the animals pay.

  10. One way to help avoid tragedies like this and the Westberry incident is to STOP donating to people you only know from Facebook. If you can’t personally drive to a rescue and meet the people running it,on a regular basis and observe where cats are housed, don’t send them money. Licensing and 501’s mean squat.

    Don’t fall for those pull at the heartstrings posts on Facebook or pleas for cats from people you don’t know, people who can truly be anyone they choose to be on the internet.

    Taking the word of other Facebook people vouching for rescues or people that they have never met in person is hardly a personal reference.

    Especially Beware of people or rescues pulling cats from out other areas no where near where they are located.
    These scams are still out there.
    Hundreds of cats have been and are still being pulled and dumped in the woods and elsewhere by a few unscrupulous and yet licensed rescues in Georgia. Many people donate for this unknowingly and the donations pay for personal gains such as new car payments and fancy meals out. House cats fending for themselves outside alone is often acdeath sentence.

    Don’t let your kind heart be stolen.
    Find a local shelter or rescue near to you to donate to and where you can personally go and see what goes on.
    Buyer beware. Lives are depending on donors to know who they are really donating to

    • Thanks for your excellent comment, Cher. I’m going to use your comment as the backbone of an article which I’ll prepare and publish today.

    • I do so wish that more people realized that “Licensing and 501’s mean squat.” Some below-the-radar rescuers take excellent care of their animals.

  11. I had this done to me. My neighbor Kay Doney called the authorities about my cats. I was having emergency surgery at the time after being very ill at home for three days. My kitties are well taken care of and all are spayed and neutered. My furbabies were shot and turned loose to starve. Some came home three months later skinny and sick. They g o t away with this but not again. Now I won’t even go to the hospital if I need to. I have to protect my animals and I will.

  12. Let it be known, she also collects a disability check and child support for her small child. Sadly, her daughter’s cat was also dumped with the rest.

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