Friday, July 28, 2006

Rude officers

I spoke to a caregiver before and after the meeting. She said that people in her area had seen a newborn kitten that had been trapped and put in a storage room yesterday. She found out about it and tried to get it out. The cleaner said he was acting on orders from the office. I advised her to call the town council.

The officer whom she spoke to turned out to be the rude officer I have dealt with before as well. First she denied the cat had been denied food and water. She claimed it was a different cat that had been caught. The caregiver seriously doubts they have been bottled feeding this kitten, which is what the caregiver has been doing. The caregiver asked why the cat had just been stuck in the room to starve rather than sent to the SPCA or AVA. The officer then told the caregiver she was doing the caregiver a favour by removing the cat from where it was. The caregiver was flabbergasted. The officer gave her the cat back eventually but not after denying that she knew about it and just generally being rude to the caregiver.

Why do some officers think it's okay to be rude to some residents and then act very promptly when a complainant calls up?


Blogger vegancat said...

Look like this officer needs a lesson from "higher" up and perhaps also a letter of complaint of cruelty from denial of food and water to the kitten to the AVA cc SPCA

28/7/06 7:28 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes the caregiver and I discussed how this was a cruelty case and that it should be reported to the police. The officer wasn't too worried apparently. the caregiver will be writing to her MP and GM.

28/7/06 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Threats are no use. Just make a report to the police for an offence under s. 41(a) of the Animals and Birds Act for ill-treating the kitten against the officer concerned. Make sure you tell the police you are ready and willing to be a witness for the prosecution.

28/7/06 8:03 PM  
Anonymous mr giggles said...

I agree that a leeter of complaint against this officer must be sent in to the TC Chairman (which is usually the MP) and to also question why the TC officers always submit to rude and agressive resident complainants, but yet feel they have the right to treat other residents in the opposite manner?

Do rude residents pay more conservancy than "cat lovers"? We are always categorically relignated to "cat lovers" rather than treated as rightful residents.

This has to stop! Taking legal action against this TC officer will be a great way to send the message to other TCs as well.

28/7/06 8:22 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Anonymous - I think she was hoping the TC would be supportive and look into the matter itself. Doesn't look to be the case.

28/7/06 9:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Mr Giggles - you're right there. Today one of the managers kept referring to the volunteers as 'cat lovers' till I told me that we did not like the term and preferred 'volunteers' or just 'residents'.

28/7/06 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last December was very wet. I saw a mother cat led 2 young kittens to shelter from the rain at YCK CC. The mother cat and the kittens hide themselves behind the store room and below the air cond. compressor, which is located at the back of the CC. There's no human traffic at the back of the CC. The kittens were quite playful and one of them got trapped in the store room. I heard the mother cat crying and scratching the store room door. I went to check what is inside the store room. I peeped thru the door and saw a little kitten inside. I went to the office and reported the case. They refused to believe and ignored me. I went there a few times and plead with them (abt 2 days) to open the store room door. They refused, giving all sorts of funny excuses. On the 3rd day, I went to plead with the cleaning supervisor (an elderly man in his 60's). He refused to open the store room and would rather let the kitten died in the store room. He even gave me a good scolding for being a busybody.

I find these people working in the CC so disgusting. All they need to do, is to get the key and open the store room. What so difficult?

I was saddened that staff working for the CC are very difficult people. They are supposed to serve the community but so disappointing to know that they are so bloody selfish and uncaring.

After Christmas, the mother cat and the kittens were gone forever. I guess they either asked the TC or the pest control company to get rid of them.

See.... what an ugly society..

30/7/06 12:04 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I'm very sorry to hear that. It is very distressing when people can't be bothered to help out when it would really take so little.

30/7/06 12:14 AM  
Anonymous mr giggles said...

In cases like these, shouldn't it be classified a case of cruelty and reported to teh SPCA and the AVA, even the neighbourhood police (althoug the latter would not likely bother much either...)?

Then at least the CC workers can see we're serious about protecting the lives of the hapless, "voiceless" creatures of society, all of which I personally feel have more right to be here than us humans who only know how to destroy and plunder.

After all the weather is going to hell directly because of what people do, not what the animals do.

30/7/06 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CC staff told me that their MP here don't like cats. Therefore, they don't see a need to rescue the kittens.

Do you still want to vote for this MP at the next election?
For me, definitely NOT.

30/7/06 11:15 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, it does not matter if they like the kittens or not - it's a different matter to lock them up and refuse food and water. That is considered abuse too and you can report that.

31/7/06 12:43 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Maybe it is good to convey to the MP what the CC staff had said about their MP. It may not be true and it is time the MP corrects the CC staff to handle problems without personal preferences,i.e. be fair and just.

31/7/06 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No MP would like to be quoted to have said that he did not like cats/kittens (which could be true or just utter nonesense).
A feedback to the MP of what he/she was supposed to have said would either give him/her a chance to correct the misconception or be more careful in future of his/her personal perferences being imposed on residents who voted him/her in.

31/7/06 10:45 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said Anonymous and Vegancat - very often it is not what the MP said, but what some THINKS the MP would like . As both of you said, I can't imagine an MP would walk around saying they don't like cats whether they personally did or not.

31/7/06 11:28 AM  
Blogger Shaz said...

Ha ha Dawn, this is typical civil servant attitude lah, so what to do? :(

I think the trick really is to bring in the whole "I know and will write to Lee Kuan Yew / Lee Hsien Loong / President Nathan / the Queen of England" approach and perhaps there would be a different outcome. =p

31/7/06 2:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Shaz - it might!

31/7/06 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt our MP will say such thing. It's the people who work in the CC that said it. They put words into his mouth. What a shame...

Initially, I also suspect it's the CC people who said it. For the sake of their rice bowls, I just keep quiet. I don't want to jeopardise their jobs. Moreover, the two lovely kittens and their mother were gone. So, what is left for me to complain. Will the MP believe me, because no reference now.

31/7/06 3:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

What reason would you have to lie Anonymous?

Plus don't you think the MP would want to know if the CC people are lying? If they lie about this, they might lie about other things too.

31/7/06 3:48 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Yes, tell the truth on behalf of the mother-cat and the two kittens. Don't be afraid of the truth. Whether the MP chooses to believe or not is up to him or her but you have the satisfaction of having done something for the feline family.

31/7/06 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will write to the MP and wait for his reply. I want to hear what he has to say. Will he shield his staff. I thought they rub each other's back.

1/8/06 11:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I think he will correct the misconception if that's the what it is. If they are saying something which is an outright lie, I am quite sure he will have a word with whomever is in charge.

Most MPs in fact are very helpful. Some people on this board can tell you that the town councils changed their tune after the MP wrote to them.

2/8/06 12:44 AM  

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