Cats euthanised, owner upset

2016-03-03 06:00

AN Umtentweni resident says she was left heartbroken after her two cats were put down by the SPCA.

Beverly Ryan lived with her cats for more than two years, but due to financial constraints she could not take care of them.

She said her friend took the cats for a while, but later advised her to ask the SPCA to keep them until she “got back on her feet”.

“I called the SPCA and they came to pick them up. However, within an hour the SPCA had put them down,” said Ryan.

Ryan alleges she called the SPCA to find out how they were settling in but was told they had been put down because they were feral.

Ryan said explained that she merely wanted them in a safe place and had paid the required deposit for pick-up and safe-keeping.

When contacted for comment, SPCA operational manager Tsara Tickton said the situation regarding feral or semi-feral cats is always difficult.

“We firstly have to reiterate that it places a tremendous mental burden on all of us at the lower South Coast SPCA and we would prefer not to euthanaise any healthy animal, but we have to face the reality of the world we are living in,” said Tickton.

Feral cats can take months if not years to become domesticated with very little chance of success she said. Tickton said because the owner of the cats said she was unable to find an alternative home for the cats, the SPCA was unable to find alternative accommodation for them because they were semi-feral.

“The report sheet in this case was logged as a collection of two cats to be donated to the society. There was no mention of them being feral or semi-feral on the report sheet. When we collected the cats it was found they were semi-feral and the matter was attended to according to our policies,” said Tickton.

Tickton apologised for any misconception, saying it was unintentional.

If Ryan was present at the time of the collection it would have been made clear to her that the cats would have to be put to sleep said Tickton.

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