Hello animal shelter, I’d like to redeem my pet!
Oops: A cat in Virginia Beach got lost last Monday. On Tuesday, the owner called AC to see if they had her. They did. The owner was told to come down and pick up the cat on Wednesday. The owner was filled with anxiety Tuesday night, waiting to get her kitty back home. When she showed up at AC on Wednesday, she found out they had killed her cat:
Virginia Beach Police spokesman MPO Adam Bernstein said Animal Control Services staff suspected the cat had rabies because of it was showing symptoms and aggressive behavior.
No details are provided as to what exactly the “symptoms” were but certainly a cat acting pissy at a shelter is nothing unusual. They’re often scared and upset. That doesn’t mean they’re rabid.
The owner says her cat was current on her rabies vaccine. Not that anyone at the shelter bothered to check before the looks-like-rabies diagnosis condemned the cat to a swift death.
AC is conducting an internal investigation of the matter.