Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dumping cats

I just spoke with someone who said that her condo management had been trapping cats. I had been advising her to tell them about TNRM but she said there were other complaints. There will probably always be some problems - but removing the cats won't solve them. It's a question of managing the problem.

The management said that they were unhappy about the complaints, but assured her the cats would not be sent to the AVA. They said that they would be sent 'somewhere else'. The woman said she tried to impress upon him the importance of sterilisation but he would not listen. So she went with the pest control man and he drove her to an area where he assured her there was someone feeding the cats, and he released the cat there. She felt this was better than having the cat killed, so the cat was released into someone else's colony.

I told her that now we have an unsterilised cat in the area and it may jeopardise the cats there too. While it wasn't her fault of course, the management cannot keep dumping cats. She is trying to keep on good terms with the pest control so he'll call her the next time they come and trap the cats. Unfortunately as far as I understand it, none of the condo cats have been sterilised.

This is the sad irony. Someone looks after a colony, so when someone ELSE does not want to take care of their own problem, they just drive and dump it to a person managing their own colony. What on earth makes them think that the caregiver wants more cats? Or as is more likely, do they NOT think, and are just glad the problem is no longer on their hands?


Blogger calsifer said...

Doesn't the management's act constitute abandonment? Or cruelty for causing unwarranted distress in the reloated cats?

16/11/06 12:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It might be - then again they may argue these AREN'T their cats and hence aren't being abandoned.

16/11/06 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be considered dumping though. They are treating the cats like trash and basically collecting them and dumping them somewhere else.


17/11/06 11:28 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Generally when we have heard of these cases and AVA is told, they issue a warning. In this case though, the woman wants to work with the pest control guy as she has gotten him to agree to turn the cats over to her.

17/11/06 3:46 PM  

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