Kim Harris is a soft spoken and caring woman who has been feeding the stray or feral cats outside her Mesa, AZ condo since last year. Ms. Harris says there are only a few cats, and she has paid to have them vaccinated and spay/neutered. She explains her actions simply, saying, “When the cats are hungry how could you not feed them?”
The condo development’s Homeowners Association is now fining Ms. Harris for feeding the cats, and at least one board member has it in for the cats and for her.
Board member and fellow cat lover William Delahay was shocked to receive a barbaric and threatening email sent by a fellow board member named Bob to those on the board. Mr. Delahay forwarded a copy to Ms. Harris.
The email reads:
This lady is another looney tune character. Why would we be blessed with another one ????
How about if we informed her that we will take action in regards to her activities of feeding the feral cats on the property.
A. We will trap the cats and dispose of.
B. We could set out a poison control substance ounce for ounce of what she feeds the cats.
C. Just shoot her and put her out her misery….
Best I can think of that may or may not be legal…..
Ms. Harris is fearful now, and has hired an attorney and filed a police report.
Red Mountain Management president, David Henderson, commented on the feeding of cats when he told Channel 3 TV, “This is a private association issue and ongoing matter. The HOA declines to respond at this point except to say they’re examining options related to feral cats and residents who wish to feed them. They (HOA) may be inclined to respond at a later time.” The news outlet did not mention whether Mr. Henderson had anything to say about the board member’s suggestion that Ms. Harris be shot.
In a sad commentary on the such situations, one woman wrote at azfamily.com under the video you see here, saying, “I lived in an east Mesa condominium complex and I also fed some feral cats. I was harassed by the hoa board members also. One cat had kittens on my patio and within two days the board member killed the kittens. Neither the police nor the humane society would help me out. I feel for this woman and hope that she get some understanding from someone. I had to move to get away from the harassment even though it cost me plenty. My sanity was worth it. Trust me when you get cat haters against you, you have no recourse.”