In Volusia County, Florida, a cat rescuer by the name of Carmen Martinez was recently “baker acted”. This is jargon for being taken to a mental health facility by the authorities because she protested the seizure of her 132 cats which had been confiscated inside her Deltona home.
Every single one of her cats was euthanized (killed) despite the fact that one of her sympathisers said that many of the cats were healthy enough to be rehomed. The cats were vaccinated in the usual way, it was claimed.
However, officials from Halifax Humane Society said that several of the cats had been diagnosed with Panleukopenia (“panleuk”). Also, the Humane Society said they could not act upon documents presented to them which were evidence that the cats were vaccinated because their policy insists that they make decisions based on what their medical team and veterinarian advise after testing.
It appears that the testing showed that the animals were sick. Even if they did not test positive for panleuk, the cats were still exposed to it.
On that basis it was said that they had to be euthanized or a better word is killed. I wonder if Carmen Martinez was a cat hoarder in the typical style of a cat rescue person who ended up being a hoarder. It is quite easy to end up like that. The number of cats indicates that she was hoarding but we don’t have details about her facilities.
When rescue cats are exposed to panleuk it is not unknown that all the cats have to be put down because it is a deadly disease and highly contagious. There have been one or two examples of epidemics within shelters of this disease causing a lot of distress.
However, the interesting part of the stories that the cat rescuer was in effect certified insane and placed in a mental institution against her will because she protested against the seizure of our cats. Interesting that and the first time I have heard that it has happened.
No doubt the authorities considered her a “crazy cat lady” – literally. Martinez was unconcerned with being dumped into a mental heath facility. She was more concerned about her cats. Are those the thoughts of a crazy person?
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