When some cats at the Pocatello Animal Shelter in Idaho got sick last month, the shelter tried treating them for one week, then conducted lab tests. The results showed an upper respiratory infection caused by the feline herpes virus and a mycoplasma infection. After consulting with local vets, shelter officials decided to kill the entire population of cats – approximately 100 pets.
“It’s like a really nasty cold,” said [Pocatello Public Information Officer Logan] McDougall. “You have sneezing, you have coughing, eventually you have a high grade fever, and ultimately it can lead to dehydration and death.”
It can lead to death. Which means it can also lead to life. You know what definitely always 100% absolutely leads to death? Killing.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make. It was something that took a lot of thought, and decided this was the best course of action for all the animals of Pocatello.”
Can we poll the cats on that?
Officials say it wasn’t cost effective to try and treat the cats because their survival is very slim even with treatment.
So some would have survived with treatment but dollars. And issuing a plea to the public for donations to cover the cost of treatment sounds like work. So, best course of action is to kill the sick cats, the asymptomatic cats, even the cats in foster homes:
Logan McDougall […] said some of the cats have already been put down and others are still being returned from foster homes.
Imagine fostering a cat for the Pocatello Animal Shelter and receiving a call to bring in your cat – not because there is a potential adopter who wants to meet her – but to be killed. Even if she doesn’t have any signs of illness. Because we’re killing ALL THE CATS. Sign me up for that foster list.
I hope local animal advocates are taking action. The cats clearly have no voice at the shelter.
(Thanks Clarice and Anne for the links.)