Samson: Cat dumped in NC with little food and no water now safe in foster care after being trapped Wednesday

Update article here.

After being abandoned in Monroe, North Carolina with little food and no water back on June 22, Samson has been found alive! His story was posted here on PoC, as was the arrest of the heartless owner who dumped him.

Samson found alive Wednesday July 12

Cat rescuer Laura Morrison posted the happy news on her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon stating


Wanted to let everyone know that huge thanks to Rick Dohman, Samson was recovered today! Everyone has been bordering on losing hope, including myself to think that it was completely lost to continue searching, but miracles do happen and we have our boy !!!! I was so excited, as well as countless others who were yelling and jumping up and down.

He’s beautiful!! I’m currently waiting at the animal hospital on tests that were being run, we have had two other emergencies that started at 3:30 AM this morning so I’ve been running all over the place.

We wanted to let everyone know that the District Attorney’s Office spoke with me today and that they are very serious about prosecution and pursuing Felony charges against Samson’s owner…

Depending on the outcome of Sampson’s blood work in medical check up, there may be more charges pending. The District Attorney’s Office told me that it is okay for anyone concerned or involved in animal welfare or just simply want to see justice for Sampson, to let the courts and District Attorney’s Office know that they want to see this case prosecuted. They don’t mind the calls.

They also said that a grand jury is going to be hearing the case and will be more than likely indicting Michelle Ramen August 24. We are encouraging people to come out on that day, but we are being told that her trial will actually be set for another day. We will update as soon as we get all the blood work back, it has been a long day.”

Humanely trapped Wednesday

Four traps were set for Samson. The first night was unsuccessful because there was food still around for him to snack on. The area was clear of food and people for the second night, so a very hungry Samson entered a trap. Samson is thinner and very tired after three weeks on his own.

Zach’s Rescue is having the vet run CBC and additional tests on sweet Samson. His vet said the ground has blistered Samson’s feet and he has fleas and some skin tears from lack of shelter.

Since the veterinarian doesn’t take call-in payments, those wishing to help with Samson’s medical expenses are asked to donate to Zach’s Rescue via PayPal at Gk****@ms*.com or you can send donations to their home office at 5322 Lancelot Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270.

Tonight Samson is safe in foster care and requests for adoption are coming in. This boy has a very happy life ahead of him.

Samson at the vet then taking a snooze

Michelle Antionette Raymond, 48, of Monroe was arrested and charged with one count of abandonment of an animal and one count of cruelty to animals and taken to Union County Jail. Her court date is set for August 24 when a grand jury will be hearing the case. People are being encouraged to come out on that date but the trial will likely be set for another date.

Please contact the Union County District Attorney’s Office at 704-698-3110 if you’d like to see Raymond get the maximum penalty allowed under NC law.


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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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10 Responses

  1. Erika Reico says:

    I just cried my eyes out! Thank God and all those people who were helping with the trapping and getting him to the vet just make me feel a little better knowing that there are still good animal lovers out there. I looked at the picture many times and he looks like the feral cat I named LULU was adopted from us. God I hope not! He looks exactly like LULU but I could be wrong. I’m so glad to know that he’s doing OK for now and people are willing to donate for his care as I will also. God bless you all and kitty don’t give up, be strong!!!

    • Kit says:

      Always a good idea to microchip. Then you will be in the cat’s records even after transfer of guardianship.

  2. Annette Luffman-Johnson says:

    Oh Thank you Lord!!! I have cried, worried, prayed, cried some more, been mad as hell, scared for him, thinking about all the things that could happen to him, then cried some more!!! I looked constantly for any news!!!This is the BEST NEWS I’ve heard in a LONG TIME!!! NOW…..LET’S MAKE THOSE CALLS AND GET JUSTICE FOR SAMSON!!!
    Poor boy looks so exhausted!!! You are OK now, sweetie!!! That vile piece of TRASH will NEVER CAUSE YOU SUFFERING AGAIN!!!
    Well done, Elisa!! Thank you!!!

  3. M E king says:

    Beyond Happy. Now where shall we dump his ex guardian.

  4. Elisa Black-Taylor says:

    Unfortunately, animal cruelty isn’t taken very seriously in NC. The maximum allowed under NC animal law and what should actually happen are two very different things.

    I haven’t heard whether Raymond made bond or is still in jail but if she’s still in jail it will likely be a small fine and time served.

    • Kit says:

      Animal abuse can be prosecuted as a felony in all 50 states. In another post his injuries were called “felonious”. I am hopeful that she will be tried as a felon. A lot of animal abuse stories coming out of NC. 🙁 Including/mostly in regards to animal shelters!!

  5. Susan Gort says:

    God bless the rescuers and all who are helping Samson.

  6. Albert Schepis says:

    What drove the stake through my heart was when she said Samson “tried to get back in the car” as this woman drove off, abandoning him with no hope… The heartbreak of a dependent pet animal at a time like that is too painful for me to even think about. When death is better than what this selfish, cruel woman did to her own pet, it’s just too much! Lord the animal cruelty lately… and once again, NC.

    • Michael Broad says:

      Absolutely. I had the same feelings about him being abandoned so heartlessly trying to get back in.

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