Case Update: The owner of Porkchop, the neutered, vaccinated and bathed kitten who was killed upon impound by Mobile Co, AL for being “feral” in 2013, filed a lawsuit against the county. Part of that lawsuit includes newly released video evidence from the pound reportedly showing that Porkchop was not feral and simply fast-tracked to the kill room in violation of the mandatory holding period law. (I have not watched the video because it appears from the description that it may show Porkchop being killed.) The workers responsible for Porkchop’s unlawful killing are still employed at the pound. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
After one cat at the Denton Animal Shelter in TX was diagnosed with calicivirus, the decision was made to kill 87 kittens and 10 cats at the facility. The police department which oversees the shelter used the mass killing as an opportunity to remind the irresponsible public to vaccinate their pets and donate money. No word on how the unwashed masses have responded to the advice. (Thanks Mike.)
A shelter medicine vet recently toured the outdated Porter Co, IN shelter and found conditions to be inhumane. County officials have yet to take meaningful action on building a new facility, despite having $157 million in the bank from the sale of a hospital in 2007 and an offer of another $1 million from an anonymous donor. (Thanks Arlene.)
A Salt Lake City police officer allegedly shot a dog to death last year while the dog was in his own yard. The owner has been trying to file a lawsuit against the officer but state law requires him to put up a bond for the estimated cost of the officer’s entire defense and court costs in advance. (Thanks Laura.)
A debate on whether cats are truly domesticated animals.