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(Orlando Sentinel)   "Sorry, ma'am, we haven't seen your cat at this animal shelter. Wait...you know what, I think we euthanized it yesterday"   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 50
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2014-03-05 08:55:33 AM  
I feel very sorry for the family and the cat, but how is Animal Services supposed to ID your pet if it has no chip or tag?
 
2014-03-05 08:59:48 AM  
Fark any family that supposedly loves their animal but doesn't get it microchipped in this day and age.

The cat was sick, they did what they thought was the humane thing.

/my pets are microchipped
 
2014-03-05 10:03:50 AM  

StrikitRich: I feel very sorry for the family and the cat, but how is Animal Services supposed to ID your pet if it has no chip or tag?


Yeah. All our cats (even the ones that never, ever even try to go outside) are chipped. The one that does try to escape has a collar so that neighbors know she's not a stray if she does get out.
 
2014-03-05 10:14:59 AM  
Well now they have a dead cat
 
2014-03-05 10:17:36 AM  

kona: Well now they have a dead cat

 
2014-03-05 10:19:08 AM  
No chip?  Sucks to be you.  Pick up one of the 200 cats they have on site at the shelter.
 
2014-03-05 10:23:51 AM  
Chip implants are pretty cheap, guys.  Solves this problem quickly.
 
2014-03-05 10:24:01 AM  
I can't wait for the follow-up article where the county bills the now-identified owner for the euthanization services.
 
2014-03-05 10:30:33 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Fark any family that supposedly loves their animal but doesn't get it microchipped in this day and age.

The cat was sick, they did what they thought was the humane thing.


Agreed, their fault.
 
2014-03-05 10:34:50 AM  
Storey and her family put up fliers after Sophie sneaked out Feb. 17, hoping to find her. Storey, 51, said she went to Animal Services Feb. 21 and 22, but workers told her they hadn't seen her cat.

Four days between Sophie getting out and checking with animal services? There's another part of the problem.

My (chipped) dogs got loose and I only spent an hour looking around the neighborhood before calling the SPCA and county animal shelter. They had already been picked up by animal control and the guy met me in a parking lot to give them back instead of taking the to the shelter.

Call the shelter as soon as you realize your pet's missing.
 
2014-03-05 10:36:33 AM  
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2014-03-05 10:36:58 AM  

kona: Well now they have a dead cat


And presumably it didn't cost them anything, so it was a free cat.
 
2014-03-05 10:45:01 AM  
I suppose 'euthanized' is better than 'dysthanized'.

So there's that.
 
2014-03-05 10:49:37 AM  
Cat gets out on the 17th.  It's brought in on the 20th "extremely emaciated" and "lethargic."  Even if deprived of all food and water, a cat will not get that sick in three days.  Sounds like she wasn't taking care of her cat.
 
2014-03-05 10:50:32 AM  
Oops, cancel that, cat had thyroid disease, I somehow managed to miss reading that the first time through
 
2014-03-05 10:55:25 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Fark any family that supposedly loves their animal but doesn't get it microchipped in this day and age.

The cat was sick, they did what they thought was the humane thing.

/my pets are microchipped


THIS!
 
2014-03-05 10:56:30 AM  
Sophie, who had no identification, was brought in Feb. 20 by a resident who had been feeding her for two days after finding her on the street.

Pro Tip #1: If you feed a cat, it will come back to your house whether it's a stray or not.
Pro Tip #2: Cats are not like dogs. Seeing one walking down the street does NOT mean it's a stray. They have a very large range and wander before going home.
Pro Tip #3: Keep your cats inside you assholes
 
2014-03-05 10:58:34 AM  

abhorrent1: Sophie, who had no identification, was brought in Feb. 20 by a resident who had been feeding her for two days after finding her on the street.

Pro Tip #1: If you feed a cat, it will come back to your house whether it's a stray or not.
Pro Tip #2: Cats are not like dogs. Seeing one walking down the street does NOT mean it's a stray. They have a very large range and wander before going home.
Pro Tip #3: Keep your urban cats inside you assholes


FTFY

Rural cats are frequently employed. We have 3 indoor cats (pets) and 1 outdoor mouser (utility). Sadly, coyotes got the second mouser last year.
 
2014-03-05 11:01:10 AM  

abhorrent1: Sophie, who had no identification, was brought in Feb. 20 by a resident who had been feeding her for two days after finding her on the street.

Pro Tip #1: If you feed a cat, it will come back to your house whether it's a stray or not.
Pro Tip #2: Cats are not like dogs. Seeing one walking down the street does NOT mean it's a stray. They have a very large range and wander before going home.
Pro Tip #3: Keep your cats inside you assholes


Pro Tip #4: If you find your cat euthanized at a shelter, deny ownership so you don't have to pay them.
 
2014-03-05 11:01:55 AM  
I wouldn't say a vet faced with an emaciated cat that likely had failing kidneys due to a thyroid condition would find no reason to give it mercy. Even if it was my cat. But if she did go there twice while the cat was there and still alive, as she says, then we have a problem. Just scanned quickly, but I don't think they gave a date on the euthanasia.
 
2014-03-05 11:02:03 AM  
That happens  everywhere. not just Florida
 
2014-03-05 11:07:39 AM  
Stand your ground?

/nasty, pointy teeth
//razor sharp claws
///he was coming right for us.
 
2014-03-05 11:08:31 AM  

Carousel Beast: abhorrent1: Sophie, who had no identification, was brought in Feb. 20 by a resident who had been feeding her for two days after finding her on the street.

Pro Tip #1: If you feed a cat, it will come back to your house whether it's a stray or not.
Pro Tip #2: Cats are not like dogs. Seeing one walking down the street does NOT mean it's a stray. They have a very large range and wander before going home.
Pro Tip #3: Keep your urban cats inside you assholes

FTFY

Rural cats are frequently employed. We have 3 indoor cats (pets) and 1 outdoor mouser (utility). Sadly, coyotes got the second mouser last year.


Well yeah. farm/rural cats are a different story. And people in those areas are smart enough to know that just because a cat is outside, it doesn't mean it's a stray. I mean, seriously. Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter? If it comes right up to you, it's not a stray. If it is indeed a stray, you'll never catch it.

/people need to use their farking brains.
 
2014-03-05 11:12:48 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Fark any family that supposedly loves their animal but doesn't get it microchipped in this day and age.

The cat was sick, they did what they thought was the humane thing.

/my pets are microchipped


This times infinity plus one.
 
2014-03-05 11:15:01 AM  

abhorrent1: Carousel Beast: abhorrent1: Sophie, who had no identification, was brought in Feb. 20 by a resident who had been feeding her for two days after finding her on the street.

Pro Tip #1: If you feed a cat, it will come back to your house whether it's a stray or not.
Pro Tip #2: Cats are not like dogs. Seeing one walking down the street does NOT mean it's a stray. They have a very large range and wander before going home.
Pro Tip #3: Keep your urban cats inside you assholes

FTFY

Rural cats are frequently employed. We have 3 indoor cats (pets) and 1 outdoor mouser (utility). Sadly, coyotes got the second mouser last year.

Well yeah. farm/rural cats are a different story. And people in those areas are smart enough to know that just because a cat is outside, it doesn't mean it's a stray. I mean, seriously. Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter? If it comes right up to you, it's not a stray. If it is indeed a stray, you'll never catch it.

/people need to use their farking brains.


That's how I got my cat.

We found her under a dumpster behind a restaurant. She was around 10 weeks old, scrawny, and filthy. Took her to the vet, no chip, so now she's my cat.

She's a little off, but still a good cat.
 
2014-03-05 11:18:14 AM  
Emaciated 12-year old cat with thyroid disease somehow runs away from home.

It was a mercy killing.
 
2014-03-05 11:20:24 AM  
Another recommendation by me to get your cat chipped if it is allowed outside.

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Cat gets out on the 17th.  It's brought in on the 20th "extremely emaciated" and "lethargic."  Even if deprived of all food and water, a cat will not get that sick in three days.  Sounds like she wasn't taking care of her cat.


A cat with hyperthyroidism will start looking very bad in a day or two if it is deprived of the needed medication.
 
2014-03-05 11:31:57 AM  

abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?


Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?  Anyone who notices that it looks sick and actually gives a shiat about making sure the poor thing isn't suffering?  People who care about a potentially lost pet that may have escaped the house of a caring owner?

You want a pet?  Cool.  Keep it on your property where it's your responsibility and you can make sure it's safe and healthy.  Everything else is Animal Control's domain.
 
2014-03-05 11:32:06 AM  

Guns n' Farkin Roses: kona: Well now they have a dead cat

 
2014-03-05 11:39:17 AM  
You'd be surprised how many lost animals are not microchipped. Used to work at an animal after-hours ER and we'd get calls all of the time. Even had a log book just in case we could match a "lost" with a "found". We'd even go so far as to surf Craigslist when we'd get a lull in emergencies. Our doctors would some times perform that exam as to whether the animal would live for the confinement period (usually 72 hours). If it's a no, and you can't find where anyone is looking for the animal, it's really cruel to send them into a shelter setting.

Here is the speech that I would give people calling in with lost animals. Really simple. Go to the shelter every day. Only you know your animal, and shelter staff are most often too overwhelmed to recognize the pet you describe as "Kennel inmate #xxx".

Knew that speech by rote. Why? I had the same thing happen. Our guy (chipped, but for some reason the registration never went through) jumped the fence. Called the shelter, got the "no, he's not here". Went anyway, and there he was looking at me through the fence. When you have 400 animals in one place, no one is going to realize the your specific yellow Lab/Retriever red dog something mix is THAT one.

While I'm at it, if you move. . . .UPDATE your address with the chip company. A thousand times this. It never is helpful to have a chip with a "not in service" phone number attached.
 
2014-03-05 11:40:16 AM  

rdu_voyager: Storey and her family put up fliers after Sophie sneaked out Feb. 17, hoping to find her. Storey, 51, said she went to Animal Services Feb. 21 and 22, but workers told her they hadn't seen her cat.

Four days between Sophie getting out and checking with animal services? There's another part of the problem.

My (chipped) dogs got loose and I only spent an hour looking around the neighborhood before calling the SPCA and county animal shelter. They had already been picked up by animal control and the guy met me in a parking lot to give them back instead of taking the to the shelter.

Call the shelter as soon as you realize your pet's missing.


cats are sometimes different. I don't know about this cat or the area but living in the countryside I've had cats go missing for 2 weeks at a time (yes we would check with shelters) or more (had the fat one come back after a month at normal size, she got fat again). I also have a kitty with hyperthyroidism, and with daily meds she's doing just fine, at 17 years old (still plays, goes outside but not like she used to). Her grandma's still alive too (19 at least!). cats are a commitment for sure. You can't control everything anyway, and if I were these folks I would adopt another older kitty, turn the tragedy into a boon for another cat.
Also, if I find a stray, I look at all options before just dumping them at the pound. I dropped one off once at a place that wasn't a no kill shelter, but wouldn't kill the cats unless they were too aggressive to adopt out or had serious medical conditions (probably FIV or other things that a cat can live with, but would make it super hard to adopt out). He got adopted by the vet by the end of the week (yes I called to check on him, I love all cats even if I can't save them all)

it sucks but they should have microchipped her, but shiat happens, thats life, and when you get a cat they live a long life but
 
2014-03-05 11:42:11 AM  
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2014-03-05 11:43:52 AM  
Alternate wording of article.

Family abandons pet to wander the wild. Claims to be upset when the inevitable happens. Didn't care about cat until it was dead.
 
2014-03-05 11:49:03 AM  

Freudian_slipknot: abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?

Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?  Anyone who notices that it looks sick and actually gives a shiat about making sure the poor thing isn't suffering?  People who care about a potentially lost pet that may have escaped the house of a caring owner?

You want a pet?  Cool.  Keep it on your property where it's your responsibility and you can make sure it's safe and healthy.  Everything else is Animal Control's domain.


Came to say this. If you care about your property, keep it inside. If your cat is wrecking your furniture or making a noise you don't like or leaving hair everywhere or "so unhappy inside" too friggin bad, you knew it was going to do that when you brought it into your house. Take care of your pet or get rid of it.

It's illegal for me to shoot, poison, trap or harass a migratory bird. I can't shiat in your garden or build a machine that flings dead, parasite-infested animals onto your porch. But if I throw my well-fed. biatchy arsehole domestic urban cat outside knowing it's going to do those things (well it won't build the machine, it'll just deliver the critters personally), that's somehow okay?
 
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2014-03-05 11:49:50 AM  
"It's not right for somebody's cat to be put to sleep for no reason - although in the vet's eyes there were [reasons]," she said.

So, based on this she implied she knows about pet health care than the vet.

Somehow I find that unlikely.
 
2014-03-05 11:52:29 AM  

TaylorSalad: You'd be surprised how many lost animals are not microchipped. Used to work at an animal after-hours ER and we'd get calls all of the time. Even had a log book just in case we could match a "lost" with a "found". We'd even go so far as to surf Craigslist when we'd get a lull in emergencies. Our doctors would some times perform that exam as to whether the animal would live for the confinement period (usually 72 hours). If it's a no, and you can't find where anyone is looking for the animal, it's really cruel to send them into a shelter setting.

Here is the speech that I would give people calling in with lost animals. Really simple. Go to the shelter every day. Only you know your animal, and shelter staff are most often too overwhelmed to recognize the pet you describe as "Kennel inmate #xxx".

Knew that speech by rote. Why? I had the same thing happen. Our guy (chipped, but for some reason the registration never went through) jumped the fence. Called the shelter, got the "no, he's not here". Went anyway, and there he was looking at me through the fence. When you have 400 animals in one place, no one is going to realize the your specific yellow Lab/Retriever red dog something mix is THAT one.

While I'm at it, if you move. . . .UPDATE your address with the chip company. A thousand times this. It never is helpful to have a chip with a "not in service" phone number attached.


THIS

The cats at our shelter we actually change the registration when they get adopted. That way, this still leaves us on the chip as a back up contact. Comes in handy when people just throw their cats out because at least we are able to get them back (and black list said person from adopting again and since all rescues basically talk to each other, they are basically black listed in a region). Gotten several kitties back this way and adopted them out to better homes.

I'm still working on getting all of mine chipped (at least the ones I had before I moved down here because chipping isn't as big in rural areas). When I take them in for their annual checks, they get chipped at that time. Also took a couple of the humane society where they chipped them as well :)
 
2014-03-05 12:03:14 PM  

Flakeloaf: Freudian_slipknot: abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?

Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?  Anyone who notices that it looks sick and actually gives a shiat about making sure the poor thing isn't suffering?  People who care about a potentially lost pet that may have escaped the house of a caring owner?

You want a pet?  Cool.  Keep it on your property where it's your responsibility and you can make sure it's safe and healthy.  Everything else is Animal Control's domain.

Came to say this. If you care about your property, keep it inside. If your cat is wrecking your furniture or making a noise you don't like or leaving hair everywhere or "so unhappy inside" too friggin bad, you knew it was going to do that when you brought it into your house. Take care of your pet or get rid of it.

It's illegal for me to shoot, poison, trap or harass a migratory bird. I can't shiat in your garden or build a machine that flings dead, parasite-infested animals onto your porch. But if I throw my well-fed. biatchy arsehole domestic urban cat outside knowing it's going to do those things (well it won't build the machine, it'll just deliver the critters personally), that's somehow okay?


But it is what cats do! Deal with it!

/outdoor cat owner statements
 
2014-03-05 12:13:29 PM  

Khellendros: Chip implants are pretty cheap, guys.  Solves this problem quickly.


Unless the chip implants have the power to reanimate dead animals, I don't think it solves this problem.
 
2014-03-05 12:22:50 PM  
Total agreement with abhorrent1: Don't tell me you love your animal and then let it run loose all over 24 hours a day to get hit by a car, eaten by coyotes, or trapped and taken to a pound where it's found to be filthy and full of fleas. In addition to being a total pest on a neighbor's property - digging up gardens, dumping everywhere, spraying urine all over their yard furniture and yowling under the window at 3:00 AM in heat. If you really care about animals have a nice house cat and love and take care of it. Cats have 3 goals in life outdoors: Kill something, breed something, and defecate somewhere they aren't welcome.
 
2014-03-05 12:36:30 PM  
I especially like this quote:

"It's not right for somebody's cat to be put to sleep for no reason - although in the vet's eyes there were [reasons]," she said.

Then I guess it was right, since the Vet didn't do it for no reason.
 
2014-03-05 12:40:35 PM  
abhorrent1:  If it is indeed a stray, you'll never catch it.


I got a bowl of vodak and milk that proves you wrong.
 
2014-03-05 12:53:02 PM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Oops, cancel that, cat had thyroid disease, I somehow managed to miss reading that the first time through


Yeah, my parent's had a fantastic Turkish Angora with thyroid disease. They had him on his medication for a year before he passed away. He was always a small boned delicate cat but he weighed almost nothing with the disease. It really makes them fade fast and it seems you have to constantly keep them fed and coddled to keep them going.
 
2014-03-05 01:05:24 PM  

StrikitRich: I feel very sorry for the family and the cat, but how is Animal Services supposed to ID your pet if it has no chip or tag?


This is hardly a news story--it's par for the course.
 
2014-03-05 01:25:35 PM  
Night night, furry man!
 
2014-03-05 01:47:29 PM  

nocturnal001: Flakeloaf: Freudian_slipknot: abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?

Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?  Anyone who notices that it looks sick and actually gives a shiat about making sure the poor thing isn't suffering?  People who care about a potentially lost pet that may have escaped the house of a caring owner?

You want a pet?  Cool.  Keep it on your property where it's your responsibility and you can make sure it's safe and healthy.  Everything else is Animal Control's domain.

Came to say this. If you care about your property, keep it inside. If your cat is wrecking your furniture or making a noise you don't like or leaving hair everywhere or "so unhappy inside" too friggin bad, you knew it was going to do that when you brought it into your house. Take care of your pet or get rid of it.

It's illegal for me to shoot, poison, trap or harass a migratory bird. I can't shiat in your garden or build a machine that flings dead, parasite-infested animals onto your porch. But if I throw my well-fed. biatchy arsehole domestic urban cat outside knowing it's going to do those things (well it won't build the machine, it'll just deliver the critters personally), that's somehow okay?

But it is what cats do! Deal with it!

/outdoor cat owner statements

That is basically an argument I had over with someone at Jezebel (don't judge me, please).  Basically went down with "You're cat is an invasive species.  If it weren't considered domestic the things would have been culled long ago due to ecological damage.  You're to take care of them." Their answer "Well different cultures treat animals different.  I'm feeding the cat and have neutered him in my "South American" neighborhood. And people are the most invasive species!"

It wasn't answer.  I was pissed, mostly uh stereotype/racist much? 

I want a cat.  One day I will have one.  It won't be an outdoor cat.
 
2014-03-05 03:27:06 PM  

Guns n' Farkin Roses: kona: Well now they have a dead cat


Curious are you still with us or did they give you a time out?
 
2014-03-05 04:45:50 PM  

Freudian_slipknot: abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?

Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?



Where are your songbirds that a cat can get to them?  Keep them in a cage or in your house if they are being lost to cat predation.  And put a lid on the sandbox.
 
2014-03-05 04:54:16 PM  

mrmopar5287: Freudian_slipknot: abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?

Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?


Where are your songbirds that a cat can get to them?  Keep them in a cage or in your house if they are being lost to cat predation.  And put a lid on the sandbox.


Where is your cat that it can get to my property?  Keep it in a cage or in your house if it's your cat.

Or I'll defend my property by shipping your trespassing kitty off to the shelter, where you can pay to get it back or it can find a home with responsible owners.
 
2014-03-05 05:09:01 PM  

Freudian_slipknot: mrmopar5287: Freudian_slipknot: abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?

Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?


Where are your songbirds that a cat can get to them?  Keep them in a cage or in your house if they are being lost to cat predation.  And put a lid on the sandbox.

Where is your cat that it can get to my property?  Keep it in a cage or in your house if it's your cat.

Or I'll defend my property by shipping your trespassing kitty off to the shelter, where you can pay to get it back or it can find a home with responsible owners.


The only cat I've ever owned was a very pretty tuxedo cat that someone neglected to keep in their house.  It had a collar and all, but no tags...since I saw it outside every day I just assumed that it was a stray, because people wouldn't leave a pet to run loose, right?  She was very happy about the new comfy life.
 
2014-03-05 05:30:05 PM  

mrmopar5287: Freudian_slipknot: abhorrent1: Who just picks up a cat they see on the street and takes it to a shelter?

Anyone who is tired of cats killing their songbirds or shiatting in their kids' sandbox?


Where are your songbirds that a cat can get to them?  Keep them in a cage or in your house if they are being lost to cat predation.  And put a lid on the sandbox.


Where are you that there are no wild animals outside?

Keep your cat inside if you don't want it lost to human predation.
 
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