Lost Cat Leads To Questions Over Connecticut’s Stray Cat Regulations

Stray Cat

Yugi the cat went missing for 12 days. His stray away from home led to a further look into Connecticut’s regulations for roaming cats.

Yugi’s owner, Rebecca Horowitz, was trying everything last week to try and find her beloved cat. She hung posters on every building and talked to everyone about her missing pet.

She called the District Animal Control shelter and gave them a detailed description on August 13. The next day, Horowitz spoke to a woman who found a cat that matched Yugi’s description and brought the cat to the shelter.

Horowitz went to the shelter on August 15 to see if the cat was Yugi.

To Horowitz’s dismay, a District Animal Control officer said she set the cat free near the houses close to the coffee shop where the cat was found. The only reason the officer gave to Horowitz for doing this was that state laws say animals shelters do not have to keep stray cats.

There are state laws detailing a shelter must take in stray dogs, but there is nothing on the state level that pertains to stray cats.

Orange First Selectman James Zeoli, chairman of the District Animal Control Commission, said he inquired about the cat’s release and found Horowitz’s account to be accurate.

“It was not her cat that was brought to the shelter, but even so, I feel that if a dog or cat is brought to the shelter for ‘protective custody,’ it should be taken care of,” Zeoli said. “I still need to talk to the state people and the other commissioners so we can make a decision or draw up a new policy regarding cats.”

“I don’t think it should have been released,” he said, “but [the DAC officers] were following state rules, which has no regulations about roaming cats.”

Horowitz plans to address the commission at its September meeting. Luckily, Yugi was found and is back at home safe and sound.

Source: Amity Observer

Photo: Mushy Cat

13 Responses to “Lost Cat Leads To Questions Over Connecticut’s Stray Cat Regulations”

  1. pat says:

    un-frickin-believeable.

  2. Charlene says:

    Thank heavens Animal Control did not kill the cat! Most would have, sadly.

  3. joycebell says:

    Did Rebecca ever find Yugi (I hope!)?

  4. Jackie says:

    That’s outrageous! What kind of moron would put a cat back into the street after it’s been rescued FROM the street?????? I’m glad Ms. Horowitz has taken on the lack of Connecticut’s cat regulations and I’m very glad that she got her cat back! I can only hope that the poor cat that was put back into the street is picked up by a smarter, caring individual!

  5. Lynn says:

    I’m not sure if this was true in Horowitz’s case, but it bears repeating:

    GO TO ALL THE ANIMAL SHELTERS IN THE AREA EVERY SINGLE DAY IF YOUR PET IS LOST. DO NOT RELY ON A CONVERSATION WITH PERSONNEL OVER THE PHONE. DO NOT ASSUME THEY WILL PUT THE ANIMAL UP FOR ADOPTION OR HOLD IT FOR THE LEGAL NUMBER OF DAYS. [3 days in some states might translate to 24 hours and two minutes.] DO NOT ASSUME THE MICROCHIP ID EMBEDDED IN YOUR PET HAS BEEN SCANNED.

  6. Trudy Jackson says:

    I just can’t believe this. It’s a horrible thing to do.

  7. Kristy says:

    I’m actually glad they release cats back into the wild. If they didn’t - guess what? They probably would have to euthenize MANY MANY more cats per year. Cats who are fully able to live without people (unlike wild dogs that can be dangerous.) As long as they neuter them to keep populations down, this is much more preferred then a shelter having to put cats down because they don’t have the space to house them all.
    Always assume that if you take an animal to a shelter that it has a high liklihood of being euthenized. It is dumb to think you are “saving” a cat that has a better chance at survival on the street then taken to a shelter.

  8. Jackie says:

    Actually, what is “dumb” is thinking that they have a chance on the street if they’re not feral - this cat did not sound like a feral! I’ve picked them up in pieces off the street for the past 25 years - shot, stabbed, set on fire, starved, severe URI that they were suffocating from, used as Pit Bull bait, hit by cars. It is irresponsible and dangerous to encourage people to leave helpless dogs and cats on the street!!

  9. mittens says:

    as we have seen from a previous itchmo post( wherein people who turned their cats over to a shelter then had second thoughts only to find out the animals were ‘euthanized’ rather quickly-)with the huge cat populations in shelters and the end of the kitten season, more cats are put down sooner then later to make room. if they had kept the cat ,they may well have euthanized it. there just isn’t any shelter space. they probably sensed he belonged to someone near where he was found and figured he had a better chance of becoming ‘ unlost’ or recognized then being really lost amid the crowd in the sad, overrun ,understaffed environment of a municiple shelter-not a place flush with funds.

  10. WHisper says:

    I would have been glad had it been my cat. If the cat was accepted by the shelter it could have been euthanized. Some don’t wait for owners to calim them. It is horrible she did not get her cat back but for me, I would be happier knowing my baby was still alive out there.

  11. Donna says:

    Have the owner contact an animal communicator.This cat could be found.As far as the shelters. They leave a nasty taste in my mouth.They paint “nice pictures” for the public.But if you dig deep…………..it’s not about saving lives.It is animal control. Like a priest showing up to your house to bring comfort.Then he kills you. No kill is the only groups to support.The rest are very sad situation for ANY pet to be placed in.Blessings to all that suffer at the hands of mankind.

  12. Gindy says:

    Out here in the country, our “animal control” officer was a contract employee. He gets X amount of dollars per animal he takes in, keeps for three days, and then shoots. Dogs get him more cash so he takes the cats to his brothers farm and sets his hunting dogs on them.
    I mistakenly called him one time, not knowing this, in regards to a cat who looks just like the one in the picture. {Stupid F$%$#@rs are always dumping off their unwanted pets or pregnant critters since they don’t have the BALLS to get take them to the humane society or city pound.} I had this dope come out and before he loaded said cat onto his truck, I asked him what he was going to do with her, how long she’d stay in the shelter, etc. He told me the above story himself…
    I told him I would keep the cat for my daughter if that was what he was going to do and shooed him off my land. I took the cat to the city shelter, lied about where I lived, and made she she was adopted (called daily). I know the people who got her because I sent them over there to get her once they came back into town. I couldn’t really keep the cat as all of us are allergic to cat dander (not dogs, thankfully, so we can have some furry pets around).
    I had a chance to speak to the county vet and told her what this cretin said to me. She had his contract yanked immediately and now they send the animals to a REAL shelter…

  13. catlover says:

    I have a stray cat that I took in about 4 weeks ago. I thought I was doing a good thing helping it out, boy was I wrong. The cat hates other animals if it even sees a animal outside the door it goes nuts, it loves people though ! Now I have a stray that I can’t get rid of and that I can’t keep since I do have other animals and it is scaring the living daylights out of them. So what are my options, according to the shelters and the humane society either keep it or let it back into the wild. The shelters are too over crowded and want nothing to do with a cat that is not spayed or neutered. I can’t afford to get it fixed to give it up and I can’t afford to keep it because it is runnign our other animals away. Any suggestions I do not want it to be killed it is too nice to people for that, so my best option would be to bring it back to the streets that I found him.


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