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Utah boy's letter: 'Grown-ups killed my kitty'
AP ^ | Oct 5, 2012 | SHANNON DININNY

Posted on 10/06/2012 11:02:50 PM PDT by Innovative

An 8-year-old Utah boy wrote a letter to his local newspaper after an animal shelter worker failed to write a note to save his cat from being euthanized. "Yesterday grown-ups killed my kitty, my best friend, when they weren't supposed to," he said.

The letter appeared in The Herald Journal, of Logan, on Thursday.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; kitty; kittyping
It is heartbreaking. Please read the original letter of the boy at:

Grown-ups killed my kitty

1 posted on 10/06/2012 11:03:02 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sad kittyping


2 posted on 10/06/2012 11:03:45 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Nice neighbors, huh?


3 posted on 10/06/2012 11:07:37 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: snarkytart

More like evil neighbors...


4 posted on 10/06/2012 11:09:32 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

This is heart breaking. It’s bad enough enough the neighbors and shelter lied; but put this little baby down for no reason. There are wicked people in this world.


5 posted on 10/06/2012 11:11:16 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Innovative

I’m sorry, but I don’t think I’ll be pinging this one. This is too depressing.


6 posted on 10/06/2012 11:16:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: freekitty

I feel really sorry for the kitty AND the child — he may be scarred for life, not being able to trust anyone.


7 posted on 10/06/2012 11:16:26 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Depressing, but unfortunately true.


8 posted on 10/06/2012 11:17:33 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Our cat got out 3 weeks ago. I saw him once but was unable to catch him.

No one around here as seen him they say..

How do you miss a 23lbs white tabby in the fail??? (ya cant)

Someone killed him, or he is in someones home.

It’s sad, but it’s life. I’ll move on.

My next animal won’t be a slow fat cat. So who ever has him or shot him better be on the look out because the next critter I buy will make my 23 lb cat look small.


9 posted on 10/06/2012 11:19:47 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Innovative

The trainer needs some training.


10 posted on 10/06/2012 11:23:51 PM PDT by cydcharisse (`)
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To: cableguymn

I am so sorry about you losing your cat. I know what a horrible, helpless feeling that gives you. I just wanted to encourage you to look further afield for your kitty. My husband was out running one day (he does marathons) and saw a poster for a missing cat. FIVE miles away, he just happened to see that same cat out in someone’s front yard! Seriously, I’m not kidding. My husband circled back, go the number on the poster, called the number, and the people went and got their kitty. Cats really can roam quite far. Especially if they are frightened, sometimes they just run and run (which is how they get lost). I do hope you find your not-so-little guy.


11 posted on 10/06/2012 11:24:29 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: Innovative; Slings and Arrows

An unforgivable screw up. Really bad. I would have given the man the cat and told him to return with the payment. I mean come on, it’s UTAH, if people in Utah don’t trust each other just forget everything!

Now I have a bit of a question, we are being visited by a kitty who is very sweet and actually sits outside our door and meows. He looked a little undernourished so we’ve been giving him (her?) food.

We like this cat and (maybe, maaaaybe) would have taken it in already, but our kid is about to have her first baby (any day now!) and at that time we’ll be away for a week or so.

We already have cats, so we’ve been holding off.

What are the chances this cat actually belongs to another family? Is there any way to know?

I already inadvertently “catnapped” a cat (that’s a long a funny story for another thread) for 3 days once.

Any advice would be appreciated!


12 posted on 10/06/2012 11:26:31 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

By feeding the cat, it won’t leave or try to find it’s way home.

Craigslist has a lost and found section. Post a photo and see what you get for replies.

If he is friendly enough scoop him up and take him to a vet. If the owner did the right thing the cat has a chip and that chip can be read by the vet who can return the cat to it’s owner.

my cat is chipped but he has to be with someone who will bring him in. I suspect his fatt butt is somewhere happy to be fed and petted. And thus, he won’t come home until the food runs out.


13 posted on 10/06/2012 11:32:06 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: jocon307

Pretty good chance. But, you never know.

Take care of your family first. If, when you return and the porch cat is still hanging around, take him in.


14 posted on 10/06/2012 11:35:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: Innovative
Heartbreaking.

They kill cats that aren't claimed every 3-4 days???

WHat the hell kind of "animal shelter" is that???

15 posted on 10/06/2012 11:36:18 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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To: jocon307; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...
Sorry to all for the depressing topic, but there's a FReeper at post #12 in need of advice.

I'd take the cat in and either hire a cat sitter, board her for the week, or find her a new home, but I'm a sucker for the kitties. WRT finding her (possible) owners, ask the vet to see if she's chipped.


16 posted on 10/06/2012 11:36:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: cableguymn

That’s good advice, I never thought about an implanted chip. Of course he/she has no collar, but our former cat went out and didnt’ have a collar because I would only let her have the “safety” collars and of course they fell off. (and our poor beloved Holly got hit by a car and died, the only cat I ever had who went outside - DISASTER is all I can really say).

It was really hubby who fed the cat first. (him or George W. Bush if you know what I mean!) But the cat did/does seem undernourished, and it was meowing. We have a lot of random cats around here, but they never come to the door and meow.

I even talked to one gal at work who feeds the outside cats, she says: they never meow.

I have checked Craig’s List and didn’t see anything. They are good, but not good because everything just scrolls. I don’t think there is a good way to search there. I haven’t seen any signs up around here.

A little problem with Craig’s list for us, we are in a strange part of NJ. It is hard to classify us, our area could be considered part of “Central NJ” or “Jersey Shore” of even “Northern NJ”. We are actually Northern NJ Shore, but that is not a category/area.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 11:57:26 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks for boosting my post Slings!

I think we’d like to keep the kitty, but we’re just not sure if it already has a home.

We can have 3 cats, that’s the max for us I think, but we can do 3.

(I totally have crazy cat lady potential, but I repress it, like I do my vicious Irish temper. - Oh but if I ever it Lotto it will be a great day for cats and a bad day for the Democratic part!)


18 posted on 10/07/2012 12:01:17 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Best of luck, whatever your decision.


19 posted on 10/07/2012 12:33:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/ 95.9% on animals peta received last year were killed. There was an uproar over their policy but they refuse to change.

The posted article about the 8 year old boy is different because they did not follow the instructions. Feel sorry for the kid.


20 posted on 10/07/2012 1:59:20 AM PDT by Morris70
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To: cableguymn

ah, but male cats tend to roam.

If you love your cat, neuter him or her as soon as possible, and keep them in doors. It sounds cruel, but it will keep them alive.


21 posted on 10/07/2012 2:20:23 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

One that has too many cats.


22 posted on 10/07/2012 3:03:03 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (oppan gangnam style!)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

“WHat the hell kind of “animal shelter” is that???”

One that takes cats that are trapped so that they can be killed. The neighbours weren’t trying to save the life of the cat, so they took the cat to the nearest killing centre.

The neighbours should compensate the family for their loss.


23 posted on 10/07/2012 4:39:33 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: Innovative
I went to a debate between an atheist and a Christian.

The atheist said there was inherent good in all human beings, but they were outraged by evil anyway.

The Christian said if he stopped on a puppy on stage, the atheist would be outraged, but if it was a cat, the point would be debatable.

I have both dogs and cats, so I found the analogy amusing.


24 posted on 10/07/2012 4:49:48 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Innovative

Interesting. The shelter personnel made a mistake, but the neighbor was the proximal cause of the cat’s death and the boy’s heartbreak. I remember all too well the grief I felt at age five when my beloved kitty went missing and was later found dead, shot to death.

My vote is that we out this neighbor.


25 posted on 10/07/2012 5:25:45 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: jocon307

We had a similar situation. We had a dog door and a new kitty just let herself inside for our can’t food.

She actually got to the point where she’d come in my room for cuddles and a nap in the middle of the night.

But something wasn’t right. Her coat was a little too nice.

So I bought a collar and put a nice note on it with my phone number. The owner called, very upset. He had no idea that his cat was adopting other families.

We found a kitten while living in the same house. For two weeks, we put up signs and asked our neighbors about it.

Finally we found someone who knew the owner. He was overrun with cats and kittens and didn’t say anything because he was hoping we’d keep it.

We did!


26 posted on 10/07/2012 6:44:03 AM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Marie

That is a cute story!


27 posted on 10/07/2012 7:23:41 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Innovative

Son, welcome to the world. Stand up for your principles, be prepared to deal with people who have none.


28 posted on 10/07/2012 7:34:58 AM PDT by Tuanedge (Warriors victorious in a hundred battles, flee when a tiger enters their tent.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"I’m sorry, but I don’t think I’ll be pinging this one. This is too depressing."

Sincere thanks for that. I can't even bring myself to go to the link.

29 posted on 10/07/2012 7:50:20 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: LadyDoc

He is neutered, and he is a house cat. he got out.


30 posted on 10/07/2012 12:34:40 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: LadyDoc

He is neutered, and he is a house cat. he got out.


31 posted on 10/07/2012 12:34:40 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Innovative

Very heartbeaking.....devasting..


32 posted on 10/07/2012 12:43:49 PM PDT by Fawn (DEAR JESUS....PLEASE LET OBAMA LOSE.....AMEN.)
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To: Innovative

What does one say to a story like this...my heart goes out to this little guy...I hope and pray he gets another cat...


33 posted on 10/07/2012 1:37:49 PM PDT by little-e ((STOP THE WAR ON COAL-FIRE OBAMA))
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To: Innovative
Sazama said he even understood why the neighbors trapped the cat; he hadn't known that Toothless had been visiting the neighbors' sandbox and leaving different kinds of presents there.

I better not say a thing, other than a sob story can be created based on a totally absurd set of circumstances, where presumed rational adult human beings are involved.

Clearly, the priceless kitty had never received routine health care.

34 posted on 10/07/2012 4:32:56 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: publius911
You didn't read it carefully:

"Toothless, a fluffy, black cat who roamed the cow pasture next door and often brought home "presents" of field mice"

Yes, good mouser cats should be trapped and killed...(/more than sarcasm)

35 posted on 10/07/2012 4:40:54 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: cableguymn

Sigh...yeah. Cats do tend to run out when the door is open.

and neutering doesn’t seem to help the male cats; We just lost two of our male housecats here last month: Our cat Precious is still missing and presumed dead, and we found our cat Whitey dead in the guest bedroom’s bathroom...it looks like he had been mauled by a dog and came home to die...

Luckily, old MamaCat is still with us. She is neutered...


36 posted on 10/07/2012 6:49:22 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: Marie

My daughter had a neighborhood kitty that went back and
forth between three houses. She talked to her neighbors
and they all agreed that kitty was a real charmer. He
lives with daughter mostly full time now.

My neighbor has cat from hell. I’ve feed the little monster
when he travels, until right after I fed her, she attack
me and left an ugly scar on my leg. Just out of the blue,
I’d been watching her on and off for over a year. He even
calls her Mean little kitty now. She bites him every now
and then but he loves her.


37 posted on 10/07/2012 7:05:53 PM PDT by jusduat (on the mercy of the Lord alone.)
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To: LadyDoc

Yup. We have 4 cats.. Well.. 3 now if he never comes home. Sad part about it. He was MY cat. The one that always sat on my lap, slept with me and kept my toes warm.

The other 3 could care less about me unless the bowl is empty or the box is full.

So the heck with them. I’m getting a dog. Always wanted one but I work strange hours and can’t let one out at regular times. My wife is now a stay at home mom and is rarely gone. She said 2 years ago “when one of the cats die, you can get a dog”. I’ll give him at least 2 months to come back. (and yes, I have been looking for him and asking everyone in the area if they have seen him) Then it’ll be the end of the year and the dead if winter. If he has not come home by then I doubt he ever will.

It’ll probably accomplish 2 things getting a dog. I’ll get a dog and the cat will come back. Murphy’s law and all.

I am thinking a Basset hound. We had one when I was a kid. I loved that dog.


38 posted on 10/07/2012 7:15:50 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: publius911

My next door neighbor. The only Obama supporter in 10 square miles use to let his dog shyt in my front yard where my kids play.

I asked him nicely.

I demanded.

I started leaving his dogs shyt on his steps.

his dog stopped coming by to do his business.

I never thought about killing/trapping the dog. It’s his owner that was the problem.


39 posted on 10/07/2012 7:19:18 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

Go to the pound and rescue a dog, and yes that’s when the cat shows back up.


40 posted on 10/07/2012 7:36:37 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

Problem with that is bassets rarely turn up there. Lets be honest, they can be out run by a snail. They can sometimes get away following a smell but they are not built to cover lots of ground.

I missed one not long back at the shelter. He was on the sales floor for 15 minutes they tell me.

There is a rescue group that seems to get all of the bassets in my area. They have 50 of them. No problem right? 10 page application with 3 home visits and 1 unannounced visit. They want to talk to EVERYONE I know, and people I don’t. I have to fence my yard (I live in the country)not allow the dog outside with out being supervised and allow them to visit anytime they want to make sure the dog is doing well and my home is up to their standards.

Now I know why the shelter can place one in 15 minutes and this group has 50 of them they can’t find a home for...


41 posted on 10/07/2012 8:01:49 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

Well, if your heart is set on a Basset Hound then I guess the field is diminished. I was just thinking any good bird dog being rescued may work as well. Happy Hunting!


42 posted on 10/07/2012 8:11:30 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

I’m not hunting birds.. ;) I just love the look.

I did find some really cute lab/basset mix pups I am going to call on in the AM. Not really ready to write off my cat, but should he come home we won’t kick him out. He’ll just have to share his bed with the dog ;)


43 posted on 10/07/2012 8:40:50 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

The cat will understand.


44 posted on 10/07/2012 8:49:27 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

No he won’t. He will probably run off again.


45 posted on 10/07/2012 9:10:28 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Innovative

What a depressing story. I feel so sorry for that little boy who obviously loved his kitty very much.

That said, it doesn’t sound like when the father went to the shelter, it was full of cats. I can understand euthanizing animals to make room for other strays, but this sounds like this place arbitrarily gives strays only a set amount of time regardless of the number of animals housed.


46 posted on 10/07/2012 9:12:12 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: cableguymn

make sure the dog isn’t a cat killer...

Sometimes in our bedroom we have a cat on the bed, a dog under the bed, and a second dog in my chair...


47 posted on 10/09/2012 12:46:19 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: LadyDoc

Not sure how a basset hound could catch a cat to be honestly with you. They are not fast, nor are they tall. A cat could sit on a table chair and the dog would likely be helpless in trying to get the cat.

The cat would have to be really dumb to get caught by a basset.

The dog I bought has already been around cats. We should be alright.


48 posted on 10/09/2012 12:52:24 AM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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