A cat reportedly got loose in the Dallas Animal Shelter last month and managed to get stuck inside a wall. The sounds of the cat trying to free himself were heard by several shelter employees for days. Managers were allegedly notified about the situation and the shelter quickly launched into Operation Meh:
News 8 has learned that staffers knew the cat was stuck in the wall, but did nothing to help[…]
Did nothing. Finally the suffering kitty died.
But you know what happens after you allow a cat to die in your wall in the Dallas summer heat? Sickening stench. At that point, the shelter took action and got the dead cat out of the wall and into the trash.
To be clear, this is not a case of someone under fire because a squirrel squeezed into his attic and died there. This is the animal shelter where taxpayers pay people to take care of the community’s pets. That’s their job. They have nothing else to do all day except take care of the shelter pets. They’re not required to juggle world nuclear disarmament and looking after cats. They don’t have to rearrange working lunches to accommodate foreign dignitaries while finding the cure for cancer and taking care of cats. The only thing they have to do in exchange for their paycheck from taxpayers is make sure the shelter’s pets are properly cared for and not dying in the walls.
The allegations have led a Dallas County grand jury to convene and consider cruelty charges against several employees.
I hope that if the facts warrant it, as the articles suggest, all of these people will be charged. I’m already thinking of an appropriate punishment a la Edgar Allan Poe.