Family Believes NC Pound Illegally Killed Their Lost Cat

Burley, as pictured on the WCNC website.

Burley, as pictured on the WCNC website.

The Caldwell Co pound in NC is a cat killing machine.  In 2014, the pound killed 94% of the 1448 cats it impounded.  The facility’s website states that owners can look for their lost pets on Petfinder (and emphasizes the pound staff does not want owners calling the place).  But when I clicked through to Petfinder, it said no animals were listed.  The website does have 3 cats listed as adoptable but none have photos.  They’re doing the best they can, prolly.

When the family of a lost cat named Burley found out their pet had been impounded by the Caldwell Co pound the day before Good Friday, the staff had already gone home for the long holiday weekend.  Burley’s family went to the Caldwell Co pound when it reopened on Monday to inquire about him and were shown paperwork on 5 cats – 1 of whom matched Burley’s description.  When they went to look at the caged cats, 3 of the 5 cats were missing, including Burley.

Burley’s family believe he was killed by staff at the Caldwell Co pound.  But the director told a local news reporter that he thinks the cat escaped his cage somehow and then the building.  Somehow.  No word on whether the other 2 “missing” cats were also in on this great escape.

Burley’s owners consider him family and believe the people paid to protect him killed him in violation of the mandatory holding period, then fabricated a story to cover up their wrongdoing.  I can’t help wondering about the 1354 cats killed by the Caldwell Co pound last year.  How many of them had owners who wanted them back, just like Burley?  How many were held for the mandatory holding period – is anyone monitoring that?  Where are the other 2 cats who were discovered “missing” along with Burley?  How many owners of lost cats in Caldwell Co suffered heartbreak, never knowing what happened to their pets, and are now contemplating what tragic ends they may have met at the pound?

Caldwell Co taxpayers must demand better from their pound.  As it stands, they are funding a cat extermination facility.

(Thanks Clarice and Arlene for the link.)

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7 Comments

  1. Did they do a public records request for all cats killed that week? That’s what I would recommend.

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  2. mikken

     /  April 8, 2015

    Of course they killed him. Killing is what they do. There is absolutely no care or concern for the harm they do to PEOPLE when they go merrily about their day slaughtering pets.

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  3. Susan

     /  April 9, 2015

    Public records request, absolutely. But yeah, he’s dead. Because hey, that meant less work over the holiday weekkend.

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    • Karen F

       /  April 9, 2015

      That’s what struck me, Susan — the fact that the pound wasn’t open all weekend. If the staff didn’t want to open the pound because they didn’t want to bother interacting with other humans, they certainly weren’t going to go to the trouble of taking care of a bunch of cats.

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      • Susan Shaddock

         /  April 9, 2015

        A couple of years ago at the pound where I live over the New Year’s holiday there were like three cats in the shelter, plus several dogs. The cats had rescue and the shelter staff knew it. After the holiday when someone went to get the cats, the cats had been killed. When questioned, the reason given was “because that’s what we do.”

  4. Shelters need to be closed down and another solution found to protect animals! “because that’s what we do” is not an acceptable answer and that individual fired!

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