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April 11, 2006 > A cautionary tale

A cautionary tale

This is a story of a stray cat rescued from the cold and rain, only to be euthanized without warning by the institution established to care for such animals.

Her name was Missy, I spied her wandering around my apartment complex. She didn't seem totally feral, didn't run too far when our eyes met. I have always cared about strays but I have never taken any action beyond feeding.

I took her to the Tri-City Animal Shelter, where I was asked basic questions and encouraged to bring in my friend within one or two weeks if I was interested in adopting. I insisted on an ID number so I could check on her.

I went to see Missy Tuesday afternoon, only to find that Missy had been euthanized Tuesday morning. The employee who accepted her failed to tell me that animals are euthanized in 72 hours if they are assessed to be wild. Apparently, after spending two days in a cage with little human contact, Missy hissed at the Animal Control Officer who tried to remove her. Imagine that.

The Tri-City Animal Shelter should ensure that all employees explain policy clearly and accurately. I will have to live with the guilt of betraying Missy for the rest of my life. I hope the Tri-City Animal Shelter feels the impact as fully as I do.

Cathy Jamieson

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