Alabama Woman Sues Shelter (euthanasia policy violation)

By Elisa Black-Taylor

Kaitlyn Hughes was the only mommy a little orange tabby named Porkchop ever knew. He was only five months old last month when he escaped unnoticed from his home and was found by a neighbor, taken to the Mobile County animal shelter, and killed one minute later.

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Kaitlyn is suing Mobile County, Alabama (acting on behalf of Mobile County Animal Shelter) for an undisclosed amount on charges of wanton negligence in a effort to bring reform to the shelter system, making them accountable for the murder of her perfectly healthy kitten.

Kaitlyn was on her way out the door around noon to run errands last month and didn’t see Porkchop run out the door. He’d never shown any interest in going outside, and had lived inside his entire short life. A neighbor found Porkchop and kept him for about two hours before taking him to the shelter. This is a very long story, so please read it when you have the time. It’s at

After searching the neighborhood and the county and city shelters, Kaitlyn was eventually asked by her neighbor as to whether she’d lost a small orange kitten. When the man told her he’d taken Porkchop to the Mobile County Animal Shelter, she immediately called the shelter and told them she was on her way.

In her opinion, the shelter personnel weren’t very nice to her and couldn’t understand why she hadn’t seen Porkchop the day before when she searched their shelter. Kaitlyn was told at the front desk to go on back and search the cat rooms. Still no kitten. Finally a shelter employee named Andrew located the file and told her a very different story from the one the neighbor gave.

The shelter eventually confessed, saying Porkchop was turned into the shelter in a trap used to catch ferals. The neighbor says the kitten was never in a trap until he handed it over once he arrived with it at the shelter. The neighbor allowed the kitten to remain free while in his vehicle and had orange kitten fur covering his car upholstery to prove it. There is also video footage from the shelter to disclaim Porkchop arriving in a feral trap.

This is where things get really disturbing. The shelter has an unwritten “policy” to kill ferals on arrival because ferals don’t usually make good pets for the general population looking for an adoptable kitten.

However, the shelter has a written policy that all healthy strays turned into the shelter are to remain there for at least seven days. Then an evaluation will be held to determine whether the stray would make a good pet.

Porkchop escaped from his home at noon on January 10. According to shelter paperwork, he was processed at intake at 4:08p.m. At 4:09p.m. he was euthanized. The shelter defended their action to euthanize little Porkchop saying he was “feral and aggressive.” They must be BRILLANT animal behavior experts to be able to determine this in one minute!

Kaitlyn is suing the country, as well as everyone at the shelter who played a part in the murder of her healthy, lost kitten.

Comments, anyone? I really need to end this article before I go on a rampage and say things that really shouldn’t be on record. In other words, my mouth is about to engage before my brain. What is WRONG with the people who did this?


45 thoughts on “Alabama Woman Sues Shelter (euthanasia policy violation)”

  1. Yes he does sound ridiculous and no matter what anyone says he still thinks he is right so it’s pointless trying to argue with him.
    It’s a worry he might put new visitors off but on the other hand it’s a chance to set him straight and maybe educate other would be trolls by our replies (although it’s hard to keep them polite)
    I wouldn’t like to have to be the one to decide what’s best to do Michael, but I’m sure whatever you do your regular supporters will be with you.

  2. We could try the old adage:
    ‘Ignore him and he will go away’
    Because maybe he loves to be hated so as to get attention for his pathetic self.

    • Maybe. As we have discussed, some comments from him highlight the fact there are people like him around but against letting him comment is the fact that some people find his comments too distasteful. It puts them off visiting the site. Personally, I find what he says ridiculous, and I quite like taunting him. That’s probably not a good reason let him visit…

      • I LOVE hearing from Woody Woody man because he validates every abuse story I ever wrote warning cat lovers there are people out there who enjoy hurting cats. He helps us keep our cats safe by his very existance.

    • Michael I think you really should just delete him the second you smell him. It’s probably the only thing you can do which will bother him anyway. Having a discussion with an *ssh*le is a waste of time and bad vibes but not useful counter argument. I think you should make sure as few people as possible ever get to read anything he writes so he has very little to get off on. I bet he is incredibly ugly and short and incapable of living with a woman. He always talks about protecting his so called familly on his land but he probably has no familly. That’s why he is trying to make friends with the native insects and mice in his yard. If he can’t be polite and if he insists on being rud then he has no place here and is simply abusing the fact that you let him speak. People who are crazy always think that they make perfect clear word for word sense and everybody else is incredibly stupid not to see it their way.

      Woody – you are the only one who cannot tolerate cats or cat people, so why are you here? Also, alot of people love cats and alot more people have no problem with them and are fine with other people having them. If you cannot tolerate living in society then I suggest you go and live somewhere in your huge state where there are no people. Isnt that the great thing about the US. You can always have as much space as you want – you can totally go and live away from everything you don’t like. Maybe there is even a village of people like you somewhere that you can go al b*tch about cats all day. To be honest the only thing that sucks is you. Why are you even here if you hate us? Please just admit that you live for hating on people you don’t like. Thats one of your favourite things to do, to prey on us and troll cat forums. How does it feel to be the only one most of us have ever seen doing what you do? Where are all your invisible friends who agree with you and who also go and murder cats because they think cats are evil.

      Woody, you are the only angry cat hating internet trolling loser I have ever met. I think because most cat haters dont know how to use the internet and to be honest they are probably too busy trapping wolves and Bobcats. Do you have any other purpose in life? I would love it if you didn’t even reply to this so I don’t have to scroll futher down the page. You are going to die Woody. What a stupid life you live. You will die hating cats. Cats have really got you so bad in this life Woody. Cats 1 – Woody 0.

    • Michael: I’m not even closed to being riled…yet. =)

      After 11 years in homicide, believe this clown doesn’t even have the power to rile me. But, he is fun to kibbitz with. These types always lose in the end.

  3. As for you Dale I didn’t want to taint Elisa’s name with yours in the same comment.You are seriously and dangerously insane and we can only hope a cell door slams on you very soon without access to any computer to vent your ugly mind and hate on under your various cowardly aliases.

  4. This has made me so sad,a kitten had his life taken because he wanted to have a little adventure.
    I agree Elisa what is WRONG with people that this tragedy happened?
    What a rotten corrupt world we live in now because of some unfeeling people.

    • Unfortunately for you, people now see cat-lovers as rotten and corrupt for causing all these problems for everyone in the world, including their cats. Got a mirror?

      • Got a mirror? got a mirror? You sound like a Parrot you nutter! Cat lovers are NOT the problem, shelters that kill a kitten then blatantly lie about it are the problem! Do you want the mirror to look at yourself to see what an idiot you are?

    • Yes, criminal negligence. That’s why there are laws defined as “animal neglect”, “animal abandonment”, and “animal endangerment” on the books in every country. All are criminal offenses. If you let a cat roam free in traffic you can be fined and convicted of animal-endangerment and all the others. And nobody will bat an eye as they lock the cell-door on you. They’ll just wait for you to pay your well-deserved fines.

      • Yup….you are an idiot. You obviously are ignorant of laws as well. There is no such thing as a “criminal negligence” law regarding animals who accidentally escape their domain.Very few spend any time behind bars with the exception of the most severe cases of animal cruelty.


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