Michael Arista, an ACO in Big Spring, Texas, reportedly picked up “numerous” cats at some unknown time last week and put them in the metal boxes on his ACO vehicle which he left in a police station parking lot in 95 degree heat. A police officer noticed the vehicle on Saturday morning and contacted the on-call ACO. When that ACO arrived and opened up the metal boxes, it was discovered that 4 of the cats had died.
A local news reporter contacted ACO Arista who reportedly characterized the incident as a mistake and complained that the ACOs in Big Springs are overworked. And just in case that doesn’t shut you up:
Arista added that the cats were feral, very sick and would likely be euthanized.
See. They were just gonna be killed anyway so what’s all the fuss about?
Cue the local enablers:
“People like to vilify and put the blame on the Animal Control officers and it really comes down to the system as a whole and the changes that need to be made,” said Alison Herm, Volunteer with Relocation Rescue.
“Unfortunately, there are so many feral cats that if Animal Control traps them, they are so feral that there is nothing they can do for them but to euthanize them,” said Herm.
So many, so feral. *shrug* I guess it’s just off to Killville. Never mind all the communities doing TNR for their feral cats. They probably don’t have so many, so feral. Big Spring is unique!
ACO Arista has been placed on administrative leave while the city investigates itself in the matter.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)