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Worcester County Animal Control Kill Cats As a First Measure — 18 Comments

  1. It is a war on cats, feral, domestic or just an escaped house pet. If these were dogs being treated in this manner there would be the usual crap storm.
    BTW is there proof the rescue or any person refused to pay for an extended quarantine ?
    There is a reason cat lovers are starting to make a roar as cats continue to be the victims of hate based simply on the fact they are cats. I hate dogs. I’ve probably done more for the welfare of individual dogs than most of the bloviating dog activists. Because I believe all abuse is wrong.
    So many of those ferals are not feral but dumped abandoned pets that the ASPCA and local AC are more than willing to let starve and be the victims of violence by humans and other animals. And somehow it’s acceptable if it’s a cat.
    I’m the dog hater that babysat YOUR dog all day rather than turn it over to AC where you would have to pay a fine. I had to feed, shelter and make sure it had water. I had a blanket to lay on. Spent an hour finding out whose dog it was. Had to wait for the vets office to call you to call me. On the other hand I have to live in fear my cats should they ever get out would be road bait, dog bait, or just target practice and no one would give a crap. Yeah, cat lovers are pissed.

  2. A 10-day holding period is only to see if the cat was able to transmit rabies during the 2 weeks before it dies from rabies. The 10-day period in no way is any indication that the cat is rabies-free, only that it couldn’t infect anyone while it was at-large. Any cat (or any animal) suspected of having come in contact with any other rabid animal MUST, BY ALL FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS, AND INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL-TRANSPORT AND PET-TRADE LAWS, be quarantined in a government-supervised double-walled enclosure system for NO LESS THAN 6 MONTHS to somewhat guarantee that that animal does not harbor rabies now. (For pet-owners, this cost averages about $1,000 per each month of mandatory quarantine. Or you can also choose to have your animal destroyed and tested for rabies. Some are left no option but to have their animal destroyed due to costs alone.)

    Rabies has an incubation period of 21 to 240 days, sometimes as much as 11 months. In one rare case an animal harbored rabies SIX YEARS before it eventually succumbed and died from rabies. The 6-month quarantine period is still not a 100% guarantee that that animal is rabies-free, it’s only “safer” — the 6-month holding period just being beyond the average peak in this rabies-incubation range-curve.

    Please educate your sorry selves so more cats and other animals don’t have to be senselessly killed due to your own pathetic ignorance and criminal negligence.

    • Woody this article is not about rabies… it is about the breach of their own rules in order to kill cats. Please for once put away you searing anger and think about attending a anger management course.

      • It is very much about rabies. It is due to a rabies outbreak that that cat had to be destroyed because they could not make a 100% positive identification to know with 100% certainty if it had ever received any previous vaccination or when. Oh? Didn’t your manipulative and deceitful gossip-train tell you all the important back-story about it? Then again, they never do. Why should they start now.

        Just like all the other cats in that area that were and are being trapped and destroyed. This is just one of many (one of the last few of some 30 or so cats from TNR colonies). But just like all of you cat-loving sociopaths you would rather save the life of an unwanted and expendable rabid cat that will eventually attack children, adults, and other animals.

        You must be so proud of your blatant sociopathic values.

        • You may have been making a valid point up until you called any animal expendable and resorted to personal attacks. And I assume the cat in question had his brain examined for the rabies virus ?

  3. Many communities, mine included, don’t consider it a high priority to return all possible stray pets to their homes. There are still barriers. My city DOES have policies now which allows trap, neuter, return, TNR, and does not accept feral cats admission to the city animal services shelter/pound. TNRd cats are registered with the one TNR group and some microchipped if their caretaker pays extra for that. Since the cats are not owned pets, they are not licenced. If one DOES end up at the pound, the caretaker or group is contacted and the cat is usually returned to them. I’m not sure if fees are charged or not. This is also good for public safety in case someone corners a TNRd and microchipped feral cat and gets bitten, vaccination history is on file. This happened in my city.

    All stray animals are posted online. They limit their intake of cats and don’t kill to make room for more animals. They allow several approved rescue groups to pull animals. The groups can choose to pull an animal at no charge or they can pay the adoption fee so they are eligible for the city’s $75 spay/neuter rebate. My community doesn’t have all the programs, services and policies in place yet of the No Kill Equation but these changes they HAVE made are saving nearly all lives possible.

    The laws governing pounds and shelters set out by the province I live in needs to be changed. Like many places, it allows pounds to essentially hold pets hostage and demand ransom for their return. If your bicycle is found by police you can reclaim it at no charge but pets are treated like impounded motor vehicles. This is usually referred to as the “parking enforcement model”, as noted by Mitch Schneider, former director of Washoe County animal services in Reno, Nevada. This is not in keeping with our values or actions we expect and want our cities to promote and base policies on. PDF artcle with Mitch Scneider, http://bit.ly/2a03GPZ

    Knowing the history of animal sheltering helps everyone understand how it needs to evolve from animal control to providing comprehensive animal services. The function of animal control was to protect people from animals. While we still need this feature, the public also wants animals to be valued and protected too. Humane societies originally existed to protect animals from people.

    The founder of the ASPCA, Henry Bergh, was offered the contract to take over the New York City pound but refused because killing animals who weren’t suffering or a danger to the public was in conflict with his values and those of his organization. He was afraid the ASPCA would lose its way after his death, and that’s what happened. Humane societies got used to being paid to kill animals and viewing it as a necessary evil so it became the status quo. More about Henry and the history and future of animal sheltering – http://bit.ly/2ac9vLs

    With the data we have on potential homes, the availability of spay/neuter and the alternatives to killing, and growing number of successful communities, we know that convenience euthanasia isn’t necessary. We know life-saving policies work and are in keeping with public values and needs. It’s just a matter of time before all shelters are reformed to be safe places that see pets like the majority do, as much loved family members who deserve to be reunited with us if they get lost or stolen.

    • Thanks Chris for a super comment. It is more than a comment. It’s an article. Would you let me convert it to an article? If so please suggest a title 🙂

      You city seems to be thoughtful and organised as to dealing with stray cats.

  4. you know im of 2 minds with this issue, or at least the larger issue being pets that are allowed to roam free. i feel like once u get a pet it is YOUR responsibility to keep that pet out of harms way. to do that an owner needs to either keep their pet inside, keep them on a leash, or build an enclosure so they can wander outside while still staying on YOUR property. cuz if they get out & caught, or injured, etc as a result of getting out it is the owners fault.
    i say that cuz when i had kids if they got injured in MY house cuz I never baby-proofed it then its MY fault NOT the manufacturer of the table they got hurt on. their injury wouldve been MY fault cuz I didnt do MY job as a parent, & i feel its the same with pets. i live in an largely hispanic area where they feel ALL pets should roam free & others just have to deal with the consequences. that attitude is unacceptable & i have said so on numerous occasions when lines get crossed. just because an animal is spayed or neutered & is NOT feral does NOT mean that its not going to be or encounter problems when it leave YOUR house. dogs pooping on peoples yards & driveways, darting out into traffic, getting injured & dying on someone elses property let alone IF they DO come into contact with a sick or rabid animal on their travels & bring that home or to a safely penned animal could easily be avoided if people truly treated their pets as friends, companions, &/or family. we do all we can to keep our families safe, but let our animals out to fend for themselves out of some sense of letting them recapture their “wild” side(which has been bred out of them over SEVERAL generations, which is also why they are considered DOMESTICATED & became our pets in the first place). im sure im pissing people off by what im saying, & im sorry for that, but we have to realize that if we say these people are bad for doing what theyre doing we also need to check OURSELVES to make sure WE arent contributing to that same problem by our attitudes or arrogance saying, “its ok for MY cat to roam free, get into peoples things, defecate in their yard, etc cuz THEY have a tag so the authorities should know better(cuz its not like people dont abandon their cats on the street, WITH TAGS ON, everyday).
    so, no i dont like whats being done about the animal problem in Worchester, but if owners are letting their animals roam free instead of keeping them safe at home in the house, on a leash, or in an enclosure, then they are partially to blame in my book. i love my cat Lex almost as much as i do my little girls, & ill do my damnedest to keep them safe. that means rules & a safe, welcoming environment for my girls, & a safe, welcoming environment for my cat. my kitty may WANT to go outside & roam free(WANT but not NEED), but i love him too much to allow THAT do to the potential hazards. my girls would LOVE to go out whenever & wherever THEY want as much as he does, but i love them too much to allow THAT too. thats part of being a parent, & part of being a pet caretaker/owner.
    this is, of course, just MY opinion. i apologize for those ive pissed off by saying it, but sometimes these things NEED to be said. thats how change starts. thx 🙂

    • Policies like those in Worchester County not only affect owners that let their pets astray but those moments when YOUR pet gets out. It may never happen. But if it does and AC picks up YOUR pet and it is vaccinated, collard, chipped you want someone to call or at least let you have them back if you inquire.

  5. I’ve studied this topic for a few years now, taken courses on it, contributed to a city committee, and continue to study it and related laws. I can vouch for evidence-based, proven solutions, meaning success can be copied and adapted.

    This example you’ve provided is of a typically regressive shelter with poor leadership. They are in serious need of reform. Local residents there are taxpayers who have the right to shelter statistics, budget and policy info. They have the right under US law to access and volunteer at their shelter, share info about it, organize and demand accountability and progressive programs and services. Fortunately there are many communities who’ve changed and there are great resources online. There might already be groups in the community there who are using up to date information to organize and advocate for change.

    The public and animals deserve better. The leadership should be setting the example that cats, dogs and pets are NOT disposable since there are so many successful alternatives to killing. When leadership fails to do what the public needs and expects, it’s necessary for a group to organize for effective reform and political advocacy to educate policy makers and engage the public and media.

    Expert information comes from those who’ve actually reformed their community, maintained it while improving animal welfare and services, and who are transparent with their statistics.

    Those who fight reform usually say success isn’t possible, make excuses to maintain the status quo, and fail to take into account the growing number of documented successful communities with high live release rates, improved welfare, increased donations and other improvements.

    Surveys show the public is already on board and waiting for good leadership. Data from communities shows killing for arbitrary reasons can stop immediately or at most within six months. Success doesn’t appear to depend on high average income level or geographic location. While implementing all essential programs and services is best for long term success, communities have been able to stop arbitrary killing before all such things were in place.

    Info available from the No Kill Advocacy Center, Maddiesfund.org, Best Friends Animal Society, HumaneNetwork.org (3 formerly with Nevada Humane Society), NoKillLearning.net, No Kill Nation, NoKillNow.org, oisforonward.org (appellate attorney, Austin, TX reformer), http://btoellner.typepad.com (President of the shelters in Kansas City, MO) and from additional successful communities.

    See updated map of successful US communities on Saving90.org

    Examples of shelters in need of reform can be seen on yesbiscuit.wordpress.com

  6. If I seen my cat in a trap I would get it out no matter what the consequence to myself. If my cat is in the house I have possession of it. I’m fine with being sent to jail. Spent a few hours handcuffed in a sheriffs car for helping a horse once.
    So ? Are they killing dogs at the same rate ? Seriously if the AC here started treating the stray dog problem we have the way this bunch of troglodytes are handling cats I can see fences going up right and left. I might even be able to take a walk without a bat or a golf club. I have heard of this going on in New Mexico. Animals being euthanized even when the owners have contacted the shelter multiple times looking for them.

    • Me too. If I was the lady I’d have taken the trap and cut it open and then taken the consequences. She had a defence in the appalling history of AC. She could have pleaded in court that she had to break open the trap to save the life of her cat.

      • Unless she had a criminal record it would likely not even make it to court. If the cat had proof or rabies in home quarantine is almost universal in the US.
        Realistically the most she could have faced is having a pet astray.
        I was a pretty normal person in regards to social behavior until the vet murdered my cat. Normal people assume the law will protect them.
        I should have made a stink on social media
        Called the police on her, another customer did.
        Called the news papers.
        One bad vet has made me an activist. I took the heat more than once on horse rescues. I don’t know why it didn’t kick into place with Kitten. I guess we never think that the abuse is going to come from the professionals we pay to keep them safe and healthy.
        So if someone had control of my pet that would have gotten out by accident and I knew there was a good chance they would kill her rather than return her even with medical records, chips and tags, I’d chew, claw through the cage or take the whole damn thing.

  7. Michael__I don’t have the words.but given this same scenario I am sure I’d find my voice and so would the authorities.Eva_

    We’ve become a world people hell bent on selfish pursuits to ensure our own comforts for the moment. while the tragedies we create thru our lazy apathetic nature go unchecked. So our dirty laundry gets swept under the rug along with the innocent tag along’s whom get in our way?

    What_clean up the streets?
    Clean out your own dirty closets first _I say !

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