Chesterfield, Virginia, USA: In highlighting the scale of cat abandonment in the county of Chesterfield, Va, Lynne Layton, the director of Smitty’s Cat Rescue Shelter, told 8News that people abandon healthy cats at her shelter regularly but they dump and run. In general abandoning cats at shelters and on highways is a daily occurence. Even when it is outside the shelter it is animal abandonment it seems to me which is a crime in this county. Nothing happens to the people.
“Heartless. The only word to describe what people are doing to cats and dogs is heartless…It is an everyday occurrence here. Last week there were nine left over by that old house. These kittens were just left in their own faeces and urine.”
She said that someone dumped more than 20 adult cats near the shelter. When she went outside to see what was going on the person had disappeared. The cats just scattered she said.
“I don’t have the time or the resources to track these people down. At least they left them here.”
On another occasion 24 cats were dumped at her shelter. The person drove off. Perfectly healthy cats are abandoned near the shelter on an almost daily basis she says.
As I understand it the county does not accept owner surrenders because there are too many other cats some injured and sick.
So what happens to the cats abandoned daily? It has to be euthanasia doesn’t it?
Comment: If the problem is that bad something needs to be done about it at root. There needs to be genuine root and branch changes on cat ownership. This sort of approach is not mentioned in the story from the abc8News website.
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