Place: MOBILE, Ala., USA.
This is another one of those shelter killings in breach of their own rules of when to euthanise cats. They happen quite a lot; too often sadly.
This is a young cat, Porkchop, who escaped his home and was, unfortunately as it happens, picked up by a neighbour, Matthew Sneddon, who took him the local shelter – Mobile County Animal Shelter. Why didn’t Matthew ask around a bit to see if he could locate the owner? Taking cats to shelters is dangerous for the cat. He should know that.
As I understand it, he took Porkchop to the shelter on his lap and not in a cage and he was not trapped. Within a matter of minutes he was dead. It was just the wrong time of day – time to sign off for the day and it appears the staff did not want the fuss of dealing with the latest intake. No attempt to find the owner or anything. Just a straight kill. Not only a breach of their own rules but obviously immoral, unethical and cruel.
What is interesting about this case and admirable too, is that this occurred on January 10, 2013, but the video above has only just come to light and has been produced as evidence in a claim for compensation by the cat’s owner, Kaitlyn Hughes. Well done Kaitlyn. I admire that because it forces this horrible incident out into the open and into court where evidence can be heard and where the press can report on it.
Shelters like this one should be shamed, I hate to say. They must do a lot of good things but this is a wanton act of casual cat killing. The shelter delivered the classic reason for killing the cat: aggressive and feral. BS. Sorry but that sort of excuse does not wash.
“The cat doesn’t ever appear to be acting uncontrolled or out of control. The cat moves very little,” said Barnard (the lawyer to the cat’s owner explaining that Porkchop did not behave as described by shelter staff)
The court case has forced the shelter supervisor, Andrew Stubbs, to admit in an affidavit (sworn statement) that Porkchop was not feral. The lies are being revealed.
The shelter staff concerned are still working at the shelter having received a written warning. I am certain Hughes, Porkchop’s owner will win her case but the amount awarded probably won’t be much. She was offered a new cat by the shelter. Not the sort of thing to do under the circumstances, I’d suggest.
One last point; this may be crime even though Porkchop was killed humanely. It depends on the law of Alabama. It is not cat cruelty under the law. It may be theft.
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