A short story of how the combined carelessness of people can lead to the unnecessary death of a cat and leave her kittens without a mother.
A couple who own a female cat let her breed and she had recently given birth to kittens. That is the first mistake. There is no place in the world for informal, ad hoc, careless cat breeding.
The couple decided to sell their home. An open day for viewing was being arranged by the realtor (“estate agent” in Britain). She was at the couples’ home when it is alleged that the cat “viscously” attacked her perhaps in defence of her kittens.
I’d like to know the exact circumstances of that attack and whether the realtor is blameless. I doubt it. She may well have approached the cat and tried to stroke her; something like that, which prompted defensive behaviour by the cat upon which the realtor may well have made things worse (pulled away violently or retaliated).
The cat’s owner failed to warn the realtor that their cat had recently had kittens.
The realtor is suing for compensation in the minimum sum of $50,000, which prompted (incorrectly I would say) the cat’s owner to have their cat killed or they killed their cat themselves (I don’t know).
The reason they gave for killing their cat was to avoid a rabies evaluation and “agonising rabies jabs”. I don’t believe it. It sounds plainly wrong.
They killed their cat to try and nip the claim for compensation in the bud. To stop it but it won’t. That is my theory.
There it is: a lot of carelessness and bad decision making – a chain of events – which lead to the death of a totally innocent animal and left her kittens without their mother.
What is the betting the kittens are killed too?
Humans can be awful can’t they? It is very sad and stupid.
- The place: Moorhead, Minnesota, USA
- The cat’s owner: The Connallys
- The realtor: Karen Thompson
- The court: Clay County District Court