I'm still very very angry about what ALMOST happened with this little Tortoiseshell Mama Cat and her kittens. At first, it was just a sad and simple rescue: Cat and four kittens brought in for euthanasia, volunteer sees what's going on and offers to save the family.
HOWEVER ....When the shelter was approached about their culpability, they denied sending the Mama Cat and her 4 kittens for euthanasia, I couldn't figure out why. Why would they deny doing that? They kill animals all the time. It's a "high kill shelter".
Uh uh. That isn't right. If it doesn't make sense, it probably isn't true.
The By-Laws say that every stray has 3 days to be claimed by their owner UNLESS the animal is suffering and a vet feels it's humane to euthanize. That's the way that the 3 days stray time can be waived.
This Mom and babies had only been there for TWO days. She suffered for TWO DAYS without anybody noticing that she was in pain. When shelter staff finally noticed, SOMEBODY scrambled and sent her out to the vets be euthanized.
I know this is true. I spoke with the staff at the clinic - including the veterinarian. This family was NEVER to be treated or examined. Just killed. So somebody at the City is in deep "doo-doo" for not obeying the by-law.
Let's not forget how this cat suffered. The following are pictures of this poor baby sent to us by the veterinarian who is taking care of her. (Gore alert) The wound has been cleaned and held together, so look much better than when she came in.
My God, I can't imagine...