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
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