Source: Broward Animal Control Wrongfully Euthanized Kitten, and Covered It Up
On a bright late May morning, a brown-haired woman had just dropped off her daughter at school, when she saw an unusual orange dot poking out from underneath a nearby school bus idling at Ives Dairy Road and I-95.
Euthanized even though an adoption was available, sources claim
It was a kitten, laced with black stripes, petrified and alone.
The woman got out of her car, yelled at the bus driver to slow, and whooshed the kitten out from underneath the bus and into her arms.
Immediately, she felt protective and maternal. "I loved the kitten," Mirzza Weinstock recalls. But did the kitten need some sort of care?
So that evening, she whisked it off to the Broward County Animal Control, just miles away. "This is where the unfortunate story starts," she says. A worker at the Animal Control told Weinstock that without someone to adopt the kitten, the center would euthanize the cat. Weinstock balked.
"I told her my intention wasn't to give up the cat, but to drop him off to check if it was sick or needed preventive vaccines," Weinstock says. "I informed her that I would definitely come back with someone to adopt it."
She said workers were disinterested in the fate of the cat, and left the Animal Control that night, uncertain and with a dark feeling. "I left thinking that the people working there do not represent people who care for pets," she said.
The next morning, a Saturday, Weinstock said she decided to adopt the cat, and claims she told the center of her intentions to return on Sunday morning for the kitten.
"I woke [that morning] very excited to go and finally save the cat," Weinstock says. "I went with my daughter, but the first thing that I heard upon arrival is that they had already euthanized the kitten that very same morning."
Frantic, she says she asked for some sort of explanation. But it was already too late.