Cats stuck in abandoned cinema
There's been a case of some cats getting stuck in an abandoned cinema. I was supposed to go on Monday with one of the passers-by who had taken an interest in the case to speak with the building supervisor. The meeting was cancelled as the supervisor was uncontactable.
The man organising the meeting wrote to me again last night to say the cats were stuck in the cinema again. It seemed that on Monday itself, the building supervisor had the building wired up and when the man went by last night, the cats were stuck.
I managed to get hold of the building supervisor today and when I asked if I could have a word, he said he was in a meeting. I asked what time I could call back and he said he did not know. I explained we were concerned about some cats stuck in the cinema and then he started going on about something being torn down, interspersed with comments about 'your people'. I tried to clarify but before I could even begin, he slammed the phone down on me.
I called the head office again and tried to speak with the General Manager. I was put through to the personal assistant, who told me this case had been going on for a while. She asked me to write in. I told her that this was a matter of urgency - the cats were stuck inside without food or water and they needed to be gotten out. I also told her that we wanted to work with the management to keep the cats out permanently but that the building supervisor had not turned up for our meeting to discuss this.
I asked how soon they could get back to us, and she said she did not know. I pointed out that this could be a case of animal abuse if they know that there are animals in the building, there is no other way out and they refuse to do anything.
I realise that there is a lot of frustration about this case and bad blood - but fencing the place up with cats inside doesn't make the situation any better. It's possible the supervisor didn't know the cats were in there - in which case, they should be let out anyway. If he did know (as the man who called thinks he did), then it's even worse because this doesn't solve problems at all.