My 14 year old housecat escaped Monday - the first time she has ever gotten out. I called Animal control Tuesday, and they actually had her -I was so happy! They picked her up Monday morning 1 block from my house. They told me everything was fine & that she would be fine! So I went to pick her up at 9:30 Wednesday morning (they open at 10). I waited anxiously for 30 minutes b/c I knew she was probably panicked for the 2 days they had her. I had her carrier, photos, and the ID number they supplied me with. They scrambled, left me standing there for 15 mins before telling me they euthanized her to test for rabies THE SAME DAY I CALLED. I couldn't get her Tuesday morning b/c they were closed to the public. The clerk I spoke with didn't note on her paperwork that I called and claimed her.
One person’s mistake cost us a family member, traumatized my children, broke our hearts. My cat was older and VERY scared around strangers, so her behavior made them think she had rabies. Any vet worth his degree should know that salivating mouths on scared cats is almost NEVER rabies. Especially cats with vet records and loving homes. Since the girl I called and spoke with did not do her job by writing on her papers that she was claimed, they killed her. The manager Juleen Ballance did call to explain all that happened and she seemed sincere in her apologies. She also asked me to not notify the media...but I did. I think it should be known, it was handled poorly, and an irreversible action was taken. They can't give me my cat back. A reporter actually came to my house today and did an exclusive interview. Another reporter from a different news channel has also contacted me.
I have been crying or on the verge of tears since yesterday. My heart is broken and I am so angry because it was so unnecessary. I keep imagining the terror she was in for her last few hours of life, blaming myself for not doing more to find her, etc. I am livid and I miss her so much. I just hope that it won't hurt so much for much longer. I haven't eaten in 2 days because I feel so sick to my stomach over what happened to her. I had her for 14 years, we were buddies and loved each other. I know you all know how it feels to lose a beloved pet - so I am thankful to be able to vent my emotions. <3