More Problems with Cat Care at Companion Animal Alliance
August 4, 2012
This is the third post in this week’s series on cats in the care of Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) in Baton Rouge, LA. As with the previous post, the information about the cats below was provided to me by a volunteer who wishes to remain anonymous. I am referring to her as Sally, a fictitious name. Read the first post in the series here.
Angel was a little black cat with ID #21197. She was impounded on February 20, 2012 and the impounding ACO notes that she was “caught in an AC cat trap”. Sally reports that Angel was a friendly kitty and sent me this photo of Angel being cuddled by a person on February 23:
Angel got sick in CAA’s care and when Sally visited her on February 28, she appeared to be dying right there in her arms.
Sally begged an employee to get a vet for Angel but he said it would be hours before the vet was available. In fact, according to CAA records obtained via FOIA, Angel wasn’t treated or euthanized at any time on February 28. She was left until March 4 when she was killed for being “feral”. Her records contain no notes indicating she was ever sick. I have starred two notations on the portion of Angel’s records pictured below to draw attention to the pre-euthanasia reason being listed as time/space and the euthanasia condition being listed as feral. This appears to be a discrepancy within the records and both scenarios appear inconsistent with Sally’s photographs of Angel.
Peaches was cat #21045 at CAA, impounded on February 9, 2012 after being trapped. The impounding officer wrote “very sweet cat” in the record. Sally sent me this photo of Peaches getting some love on February 14:
CAA records list Peaches as being killed on March 5 for “medical – severe”. (I have starred her entry on the list below.):
As with Angel, there appears to be a discrepancy in the records for Peaches regarding the pre-euthanasia reason (medical – severe) and the euthanasia condition (healthy). I starred the discrepancy in the portion of the records pictured below. There are no notes of any kind in Peaches’ records indicating she was ever sick at CAA.
Stanford was impounded as cat #23352 on April 26, 2012. The impounding officer indicated he was a “dangerous” feral cat who had been trapped. Sally photographed this cat on 3 different dates and remembers that he never appeared to be feral – that is, he did not back away, hiss or lunge at her. She says Stanford came in healthy but got sick at CAA. His original cage card was lost and he was issued a new ID number (24605).
I requested records on both of Stanford’s ID numbers from CAA and found several discrepancies. For starters, they seem to have him listed as 2 different cats, each killed on a different day. (I starred both ID numbers for clarity.):
The records for cat #24605 indicate he was killed on May 11, 2012 for “time/space” while noting his condition as “appears normal”. A handwritten entry reads “Been here over 3 days”. This is a direct contradiction to the listing that says he was killed for being feral. (I starred 3 notes below for clarity.)
There are no notes in the records of either ID number indicating the cat was sick.
Rango was cat ID #21819 at CAA. He was impounded on February 8, 2012 after being trapped. Sally says he was there for about 3 weeks, never got sick but on her February 28 visit he was gone. She photographed him twice while he was at CAA:
I requested his records to find out what happened to Rango. CAA records indicate he was at the pound for just 5 days before being transferred to a rescue group:
The complete records for all these cats can be viewed here.
I reached out to CAA director Kim Sherlaw regarding the records for these cats but haven’t received a reply.