To the Editor:
What would you do if a close relative died, leaving two pet cats and you were allergic to them? What if you lost your job, had your home foreclosed and had to move somewhere you couldn’t take your family’s pet cat? What if a neighbor moved, abandoning several cats who then appeared on your doorstep, hungry and cold? What would you do? You should be able to call Animal Control and, at the very least, be referred to some of the local private shelters or other organizations who might be able to help.
No, Chesterfield Animal Control’s focus is only on dogs. Their response relative to cats is to tell you that they don’t have room or they don’t take cats or to “drop the cat off somewhere” or to “drop the cat where someone is feeding a cat colony,” I heard they even gave someone directions to a cat colony in their area.
This is an outrage. Does the mission of Animal Control and our shelter state “dogs only?” Of course not. This organization needs to be refocused on all the animal issues in this county, not just canine.