Source: Broward Animal Control Wrongfully Euthanized Kitten, and Covered It Up

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Euthanized even though an adoption was available, sources claim
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.

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.


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badger8855
badger8855

I think these people are missing what happened here. At least how I'm interpreting it, I get it and this should make people upset. She brought a cat in, she said she would be back to adopt it, and then she stayed true to her word and returned two days later to adopt the kitty only to find out it was dead. If their policy says to hold the kitty for 72 hours, then why did it die after less than 48 hours? And why does that paper say they held it for 72 hours? And why does that paper say no foster??? Just a bunch of lies. The woman says she doesn't think these people even care about the animals. This isn't the first I'm hearing of this. I'm beginning to think she may be right.

Charlene Bagnall
Charlene Bagnall

That place is known for euthanizing poor animals. They are run by terrible ignorant people. I hear stories about them all the time.

rrlevy272
rrlevy272

That's sad, but this lady should be largely faulted, not the facility. If you felt so, "maternal" as the article claimed you should have taken the animal to your local vet instead of animal control. Yes, you would have incurred a greater expense, but that animal would still be alive, barring any major unforeseeable illness. She did not take this animal to a no-kill shelter (which is overcrowded and would have refused that animal anyway), nor did she take it to the Humane Society (healthy animals stay until they are adopted; they only euthanize sick or injured animals and they do so upon reception). On another note: When you take an animal to any of the aforementioned places, MAKE A DONATION. No matter how small. Every little bit helps. As unbelievable as this may seem, even non-profit businesses require money in order to provide their services. 

Hannah Sentenac
Hannah Sentenac

This happens ALL THE TIME. Kill shelters are hellholes.

GODisGREAT
GODisGREAT

i love kitties as much as the next guy but come on..... there arent enough willing parties to take care of every little stray that pops up.

badger8855
badger8855

And what is the procedure for "under a pound"? And who is "per Susan"??

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