Thanks to the team at Operation Garner, another of the 17 cats (originally listed as 16) dumped by two scum-of-the-earth people in Garner, North Carolina, has been trapped and is safe. Wally, a black and white declawed beauty, was captured just in time for a Christmas miracle and his microchip confirmed. This brings the total to 9 of the 17 cats being recovered since they were abandoned on November 29. Sugar, a white beauty, has also been spotted but is trap-shy. Operation Garner is in the area this morning (as they have been every day for weeks) trying to catch Sugar and the others who remain missing.
Since the first article I wrote for PoC on this situation, I’ve received messages defending the couple who dumped the cats. It’s said they “made a mistake.” My question is what kind of cold-hearted monster would dump their cats, cats they were supposed to love, to fend for themselves in freezing temperatures, rain, facing starvation and dehydration and having to fend off attacks by coyotes, hawks, bobcats and let’s not forget TRAFFIC. This act of animal cruelty goes way beyond being a “mistake.”
This was no mistake, and the couple needs to be held responsible and charged with animal abandonment and animal cruelty because putting a cat out with no food or water is about as cruel as you can get without actually killing the cat. Animal cruelty is a felony in all 50 states, yet no charges have yet been filed, but the female monster who helped with the dumping has taken down her Facebook page.
Last week was an around the clock effort by the team of Operation Garner. These ladies and gentlemen stayed out in the cold, setting traps, following leads, and worst of all they had to deal with a dead cat who looked a lot like Wally. While everyone else was enjoying pre-Christmas preparations with their family, this team was trying to put right what an evil couple did. Take a good look at Wally’s nose. He had to FIGHT something out there just to stay alive! And he’s lost a lot of weight since he was thrown away.
One new addition to the list of missing cats is Froz, who belonged to the son of this woman. Since Froz is a common black cat and not microchipped since he wasn’t from the Cumberland County shelter, it will be nearly impossible to identify him. A black cat was found dead at the beginning of the search, so Froz may be dead.
Helping on the front lines as well as with coordinating the sightings, passing out and posting pamphlets and internet updates were/are
Kellie Wester (My Friendly Ferals Rescue)
Kathy Couture Strachan Kamins (#TheKaminsKrewRescues)
Christine Zois (Feline Canine Fellowship Coalition-501c3 non-profit)
Silvia Delespinoza (Puffie’s Rescue from Siler City, NC)
Suzanne Suzy Melton (Suzy’s Zoo Sanctuary for Special Needs Kitties-501c3 non-profit)
Vicki Cruse Capstaff
Jeremy L Melton
LaVonda Fowler (Paw Project of Coats, NC)
Lori Jones Register
Myra Dyer Murphy
Rebecca NoiJaku Yarosis
Regina Sue Hite
Time is running out for these cats and the Operation Garner team will be out there day and night until the cats are all captured or it’s believed they didn’t survive. Recovered so far are Unnamed Black cat, Louie, Cheddar, Nemo, Chester (FIV+), Bearus, Cali, Claudine and Wally. Since Carina and Tara Rescue had open space with A LOT of adoptions, she welcomed Cheddar and Nemo with open arms. Two days later, they found really nice forever homes with these couples. Chester was adopted as well by cat advocate Nicole Ferrara.
Please keep the missing, along with those out on various properties in the Garner, North Carolina area, in your thoughts and prayers. They’ve all given up a major part of their Christmas to find these poor cats before time runs out.