A cat left for dead at the gates of a foster animal facility has left animal lovers across Central Illinois asking why?
The Facebook post about the incident has sparked discussion around the options available to those who feel they can no longer take care of their pets.
Foster Pet Outreach in Edwards said Friday when they arrived at the shelter they found a dead cat in their outdoor pen. Someone apparently dumped the animal along with food and a litter box.
“It was heartbreaking. With all the options people have today, why is that a good option? We will never understand that.” said the President of Foster Pet Outreach Laurie Bushell
Staff members said they don’t know if the cat was sick or already dead when it was left. There are currently no cameras and the registered owner, found through it’s micro-chip, claimed they gave the cat up four years ago.
Bushell said while that does happen, leaving a pet outside is the wrong choice. Bring it somewhere it can be looked after immediately.
“They will take care of them, they’re safe, they’re sheltered, they’re fed, and they’re checked over to see what kind of medical issues they may have or what’s going on.” said Bushell
Peoria County Animal Protection Services is one place where you can surrender an animal with zero judgement.
Director Becky Spencer said 30% of their animals are brought by owners who can no longer care for them.
“We’re an open admission animal shelter which means we never turn any animal away, despite any reason for having to bring an animal in we’re always going to take it.” said Spencer
However, abandoning an animal can lead to criminal charges.
“When we’re involved in cases of cruelty, and abandonment falls under cruelty in state law, we’re going to involve our local police department and cruelty can be charged up to felony charges so people would be arrested.” said Spencer
“It’s more hurtful for the animal. We don’t want to see animals end up in disastrous situations because no one was there for them.” said Spencer
Since Foster Pet Outreach has shared their story, they’ve raised around $760 through donations to get video cameras to avoid something like this happening again. PCAPS already has video surveillance.