Thursday, August 02, 2007

Contractor took matters into his own hands?

I just spoke with a caregiver. She said that a van was seen by her husband pulling up in her area and trapping the cats. Her husband realised that the cats they were trapping were sterilised, so he immediately called the caregiver. He also took down the details on the van, including the license plate number. Apparently when they saw him, they quickly put the cat in and drove off. He noticed there were a number of cats in the van, and it was not a pest control van, but one belonging to the cleaning company.

The caregiver then called up the officer and asked why the cats had been caught and she had not been informed of the complaints. The officer said that was because there had been no complaints and he had not asked anyone to trap the cats. He said that they would deploy pest control- but only after giving the caregivers time to look into the matter. He said they had not done so in this case, nor was the cleaning contractor supposed to be trapping.

At the same time, the contractor was apparently trying to get hold of the officer to explain what happened. The officer told him to immediately put the cats back. The contractor said that this was what he did with another town council he worked with and the procedure he used there. The thing was that the caregiver had been under the other town council before the boundaries had been re-drawn and she knew they didn't practice this either.

The officer immediately came down as well to meet the caregiver and the cats were released. The caregiver then realised that the cleaning supervisor was the person who had told her a while ago that the cats should all be removed because they were dirty.

The caregiver said that she spoke with the officer and said that incidents like this give the town council a bad name - and through no fault of their own. The officer said he would inform his manager. Another caregiver also spoke with the manager. The manager has already called back and said they are investigating as well.

The cats which had previously gone missing had not ended up at the AVA so the caregivers want the AVA to be informed too. The caregiver mentioned that the supervisor probably either dumped the cats elsewhere or killed them - neither of which was acceptable. I also spoke with a caregiver from the other town council to let them know to be on the lookout.

The caregiver said now she realises why a few cats have disappeared and did not turn up in the AVA. She was quite certain it was not the town council's doing.

Heading out for a meeting now.

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Blogger animalfamily said...

what is the name of this cleaning company? we need to all keep a look out! or is it already under investigation?

do the TCs give pest control companies a letter or something that officialises their engagement that residents and caregivers can ask for?

i fear for those cats that have disappeared and didn't end up at AVA...

2/8/07 3:45 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

I hope the TC and AVA take a very serious view of this contractor's conduct as he committed offences. Caregivers in the area where this contractor is deployed should be told and be given a chance to file official complaints with the TC to terminate or warn this contractor officially. He must also be interrogated as to how he "disposed" of the cats he has caught in the past.

2/8/07 3:48 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

Please let the cats community know the name of this companyt and where this took place. Such info should be made known so cleaning contractor cannot hide his notorious and murderous act.

Could he have been selling the captured cats for claims?

He need to reveal where he has dumped them and also if killed where and how.

2/8/07 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reveal his identity. We want an explanation from him, his company, TC and the GM. The press will be called if reasoning given is unsatisfactory.

If you lose his identity, he would still be doing the removal and ....elsewhere. Don't allow cat killers to be invisible, expose them asap.

2/8/07 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg... this is hardly the first time this has happened. I don't see what we have to gain from protecting the identities of these people. They should be charged for abuse or they will continue doing these despicable things.

2/8/07 4:22 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

That's terrible. But I'm very impressed with the caretaker's husband. Under the circumstances, I'm not sure I would have remembered to keep my head, and take down the license number! It's great that he did - at least he's got proof. I can imagine other caretakers get really frustrated when they didn't remember to record similar "evidences"

This sounds like one case that demonstrates it's always good to have a good relationship with the RC and TC. Glad that there are caretakers out there who realise that, and know exactly what to do when an emergency strikes.

2/8/07 5:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

animalfamily - they are looking into it right now.I don't believe all TCs use pest control companies. Some do use cleaning companies and the like.

huh - I don't think they are being sold. there are many cats out there so I think it's unlikely that would happen.

mezzo I was too.

Anonymous - let's be absolutely certain of the details before releasing any names. Let the TC and AVA do their investigations first.

2/8/07 7:55 PM  
Blogger EJ. said...

The cats are saved in a nick of time by the caregiver's hubby.Kudos to them!
Or else the trapped kitties would have gone missing without a trace.

3/8/07 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they were sold to bio labs for research?

3/8/07 12:26 PM  
Anonymous apple said...

maybe can train the kitties to be fierce,no more nice,furry kitties!

3/8/07 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angel if the cats are fierce, even more problems. I can just imagine. "Cats must be removed as they are aggressive and may cause danger to pet dogs, children and innocent residents."

3/8/07 1:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I seriously doubt it. First of all, I don't think cats are very popular lab animals. Secondly, to be used in a lab setting the animals have to be free from infection and in fact very stringent standards have to be used or you could skewer your research. They're usually bred strictly for that purpose.

3/8/07 4:13 PM  
Anonymous fatcat said...

Caregiver's husband did a good thing. Dawn, can you comment: why not confront the cleaner/pest controller and demand a written oopy of their work order? These people always claim that they are following orders of the TC, etc., but if you ask for the work order they say it's not with them. It should be. I think any resident should be able to demand that they stop what they are doing until an officer arrives to confirm that they are acting within a valid work order, and if they refuse, call the police.


4/8/07 3:56 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's an idea fatcat - the problem right now is that it doesn't need to be pest control even that removes the cats. It can be the cleaners and they may not carry a work order either.

4/8/07 5:36 AM  
Anonymous apple said...

i mean fierce to ppl dat r going to harm them.:->

4/8/07 1:59 PM  

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