This is another episode in the Fur ‘N Feather Farm saga in Plant City, Florida. You may remember that Hillsborough County raided the cat and bird animal shelter on the pretext that it was a case of cat hoarding and confiscated 319 cats. The cats were taken in by the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center where the intention was to provide them with a better life. The authorities made a lot of accusations against the owner of Fur ‘N Feather Farm, citing poor management and neglect of the cats.
It is ironic and sad therefore that, when the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center was unable to cope with the influx of a large number of cats, that they refused the assistance of a rescue partner, PAW Warriors Inc. and Misfit Acres. PAW Warriors Inc. wanted to rescue 17 of the cats from Hillsborough County. Tracie of PAW Warriors Inc. desperately tried to contact the Pet Resource Center for information and paperwork but they failed to respond and decided to kill all 17 cats instead.
Tracie is upset that Hillsborough County:
“let these cats sit for 5 weeks and then, when you have a rescue to come get them – you kill them instead.”
Tracie questions the raiding of Fur ‘N Feather Farm in the first place and now they are killing cats when they can be saved. She says that her persistent messages and phone calls over 11 hours were “avoided or vaguely answered.”
“To the 17 lives that I was on the way to give you a second rescue of a lifetime – I am sorry for failing you!”
What can we make of this? On the face of it, Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center has botched this so-called “rescue from a rescue” and the cats needed rescuing from them but they proceeded to kill the cats instead. Was this a political decision; a decision to cover up their botched work? If Hillsborough allowed PAW Warriors Inc. to rescue the cats from them, it would have been a sign of their failure. Perhaps that is the reason behind their seemingly bizarre behaviour.
The end result is 17 dead cats which would probably be alive today if they had stayed at Fur ‘N Feather Farm.
Previous posts (and the current one) on Fur ‘N Feather Farm are shown below
You will note that the initial news coverage was very negative for Fur ‘N Feather Farm but there is now a realisation that the authorities have made mistakes.
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