2 sad pet stories

In the past week, one about  a dog, & one a cat.

The dog got scalded.  I don’t know the whole story, but I do know it made national news. I went to court as part of a community advocacy program, to  ‘bear witness’, and the gist is:  a college student, on a scholarship(studying criminal justice!  The ironies…) scalded the dog, the neighbor saw the dog, & that the  college student was not having the dog treated, and called the police.  Not sure how it all went down, but the kid lost his scholarship, and now is paying for a lawyer every time the case  is continued.  Every time? There have been 2 continuances so far.  There is no doubt he did this.  I believe what is at issue is whether the dog needed treatment, if treatment was given—-like if there  was actually a dog, because it was confiscated…..but what  complicated matters was….a do-gooder group  on Facebook decided to petition the judge. They went to a lot of trouble to do this, got his email address, & sent him a petition with over 6000 signatures to ask that the  defendant  receive the greatest possible sentence.  This offended the judge, and  since the whole thing is still in discovery (meaning they are gathering evidence…these things can take months…)  the judge  was being unduly influenced. Not an animal lover, anyways (doesn’t see the connection between violence against animals &  other violence), so this  sort of sabotaged things.  Not only that, the  do-gooders harassed the student’s mother in other ways.  Not well thought out.  Please—don’t sign petitions to judges.  It does not help.

The other involves a cat.  I let my dogs into the yard Sat night, & it has started raining,& my dogs went crazy over a young cat in the stair well. It had a pink collar with a bell on. Obviously, somebody’s pet.  My immediate thought was :  Somebody  just moved.  If they moved in, the cat is lost.  If they moved out, they abandoned a cat.  Why would I think this?  Experience.  People dump pets—especially cats, when they move out. & amazing the number of idiots who still let a cat out to roam, kill birds, spread parasites…& breed.  I  live in Rogers Park, a high density neighborhood in Chicago.

In the morning, the cat was on my back porch on the 2ned floor.  The only real way for the owners to find this cat is if it is brought to CHICAGO ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL—15 miles from where I live—a 30 mile round trip. & I had to go to work.   So, what did I do? What would you do?  The 24th district police station is just a mile from my house. I brought it there.

Big mistake. The desk officer immediately accused me of stealing a neighbor’s cat. Really. Now, if I wanted to steal a cat, why would I bring it to the police.?   She didn’t know what to do, & told me I should have brought it in in a box or called all my neighbors to see who lost a cat. Or left it in my yard. She really said this.  I have over 60 households on my block. I had to go to work.

Sad fact–the police are not required to take in lost or stolen property—at least not live animals in Chicago.  You call Animal Care & Control—& it might take up to 2 weeks for them to collect this  live animal. No joke.

& this is why they end up for sale or REHOMINGS  or REHOMING on CRAIGSLIST.

Really. People without cars don’t want a pet to be euthanized, & no other shelter in Chicago will take it except Anti-Cruelty—a private shelter—& they request a donation.

In any case, the desk  officer  wanted me to fill out paper work.  I had to go to work. I set the cat down on the counter to fill out the paperwork,  & the desk officer says to me, me, “Ma’am, you can’t do that. You have to hold the cat.”  I was incredulous…& just walked out.

I tried calling Animal Care & Control later in the day to see if the cat made it, but they tell you nothing—you have to go down there & look. What I bet happened is some officer took the cat home…  & that IS stealing…but I have no proof.

My advice to pet owners who love their pets—not only getting them microchipped—but ALWAYS HAVE A COLLAR WITH A NAME TAG.

THE CITY OF CHICAGO IS BROKE. We are down 500 cops. Money t=from the feds that used to pay for some of them went to Hoemland Secu=rity & the TSA—who have yet to catch a terrorist. Meanwhile the sports teams & elected officials who go to church have dibs on where the police are deployed.

Mayor Rahm just fired Cherie Travis, who was hear of Animal Care & Control, and appointed a long time staffer. The problem is not really who is at the head of the city pound—it is that they are under funded & understaffed. Yet we still have plenty of money for street festivals:  & the extra police to  maintain order at them, & sanitation workers to clean up after them. I believe that if the citizens knew what the options were:  bread & circuses, or  humane treatment of animals…which are also a health hazard if not  confined..we might get the alderman to really look at the city budget.  But I am an idealist dreamer….


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