Annie Allison and her family have owned their beloved cat Doozie Bean for 9 years. He’s been missing since May 7, when he was reportedly trapped in a neighbor’s yard by the ACO for Hornell, NY. Prior to setting the traps in the neighbor’s yard, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan states the ACO was supposed to knock on doors of area homes to alert residents. In addition, any cats trapped are supposed to be held for 5 days in order to give owners a chance to reclaim them. The ACO in this case, Gary Hadsell, appears to have not followed procedures.
After Ms. Allison brought her concerns to Mayor Hogan, the mayor denied any knowledge of traps being set. He says he talked with ACO Hadsell who reportedly admitted losing one of the cats he trapped. The ACO also apparently denied ever trapping Doozie Bean, claiming he has the ability to immediately distinguish feral cats from owned pets based on their behavior in the trap. The article doesn’t say if he also pulls rabbits out of hats or whether he’s available for kiddie birthday parties.
Mayor Hogan says ACO Hadsell has resigned. This too is clear as mud:
When reached for comment on his resignation, Hadsell said, “I don’t believe I did (resign). If you have any questions, call Shawn Hogan.”
Mayor Hogan also says that because of what happened with Doozie Bean, his city is getting out of the trapping business.
In the meantime, Ms. Allison and her family are heartbroken. She continues to search for Doozie Bean, driving around for hours, whistling for him and shaking cat treats out the window.
In West Memphis, AR a dog named Blue got spooked during a thunderstorm Saturday night and got lost. A police officer took him to the West Memphis pound. When Blue’s owner inquired at the pound Sunday, he was relieved to hear his pet was there. But Blue’s cage was found empty. Pound director Kerry Sneed says she personally locked the gate on Blue’s cage Saturday night and that it did not appear that he had escaped on his own.
For several hours Sunday morning, Sneed said there was a window of opportunity for people on the property to steal the dog.
Well gee. Is that the sort of failure that taxpayers in West Memphis are supposed to accept? What is being done to actually shelter animals from harm once they arrive at the so-called shelter? Anything?
The owner, George Johnson, continues to walk the streets, calling for Blue. He has made his e-mail address public in an effort to get any possible leads on the whereabouts of his pet: email@example.com
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)