Biscuit went out one day and didn’t come home. He was trapped, taken to the shelter and killed, as his petmom searched for him. A news crew spoke with the petmom and the shelter director after the community became outraged at the way Biscuit died.
“I think it’s absolutely horrific they’re catching people’s pets, they caught my pet.” Emily Coulter
It turns out that cat trapping in Bowling Green, KY is legal, and Emily Coulter’s beloved cat Biscuit died because of that. Biscuit went out one day about two weeks ago, was trapped and taken to the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society, was scanned for a chip, then was immediately killed.
While the shelter has a 5 day hold policy for dogs, there is no such protection for cats. As people familiar with the behavior of cats know, many trapped cats will display the fear and apparent aggression that shelters associate with feral or anti-social behavior, which puts any unidentified cat at risk when shelters are crowded and do not have a hold policy.
Emily feels that if the staff had bothered to remove him from the trap and see that he was neutered and well fed and groomed, they’d have known Biscuit was someone’s pet, and at that point sould not have been so quick to kill him.
Word spread locally about Biscuit’s killing and caused outraged animal lovers to turn their anger toward the shelter. While understandable, that anger, if unabated, will make it even harder for the humane society to raise money and do what they can to rehome animals and deal with their area’s pet overpopulation problem.
A local news crew covered the story, speaking with both Emily Coulter and shelter director Lori Hare.
Despite the information saying the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane society’s Facebook page had been taken down due to the outrage expressed there over Biscuit’s death, we checked and the page is up now.
As was hinted at in the news report, both sides hope that Biscuit will not have died completely in vain. Emily Coulter met with shelter director Lori Hare and posted this message on the humane society’s Facebook page yesterday:
“For all of those who are outraged about Biscuit’s death–thank you for your kind words and condolences. He will be missed SO much, but after talking to the Director of the HS (who was so sweet, genuine and apologetic) we agreed that the best way to make sure he didn’t die in total vain is to make a learning experience out of it.
She gave me her word from now on, signs of ownership will be checked more carefully before euthanization. But I was wrong about Bisc being microchipped..when I went to pick up his vet medical records I found he wasn’t..which I genuinely thought he was since we always do this at the same time we fix all of our pets when they are young.
I still feel that the treatment of Biscuit while he was at the HS was wrong and that he should have been checked to see if he was neutered or not as he didn’t look feral at all and came from a suburban area..I took him to the groomer’s for heaven’s sake. But Lori has received outrageous/dangerous threatening messages I wasn’t aware of.We all know that won’t help; it wasn’t personally her fault and it won’t bring Biscuit back.
I will keep in touch with Lori about ways Biscuit can be remembered through more precaution, education, and since these cat traps are legal and aren’t going away..creating a way for more people to be able to microchip their cats..which most people don’t think to do with cats. I feel better after meeting Lori and the things we talked about.
I’m angry about Biscuit’s unnecessary death..but continued anger toward the HS is going to end up hurting other animals..and I don’t want that..and neither would have Biscuit.”
A visit to the humane society and adoption center’s Facebook page and website show that despite what happened to Biscuit and the lack of a hold time for cats, the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society does a lot of good for the local area’s animals.