Petition Seeks Animal Shelter Director's Resignation in Wake of Cat Deathsthe daily dish
More than 1,600 people have signed a petition seeking the resignation of a Raleigh, N.C., animal shelter's director. The petition was created after 61 sick cats from an animal hoarder's home were euthanized at the Wake County Animal Center.
Jennifer Federico, the director of the Wake County Animal Center, said that many of the cats pulled from the hoarder's home were sick with upper respiratory problems and other ailments, and that there was a risk of infecting other animals in the shelter, which was already full.
Rachel Anderson, an independent animal rescue volunteer, started the petition calling for Federico's resignation.
"We would like to understand what they mean by, 'They're so sick that they can't be held another day.' Upper respiratory is not a death sentence," Anderson said. "Every animal I've ever pulled from Wake County has had an upper respiratory. It's common in every shelter situation. It's easily cured by antibiotics."
Terry Cantrell/WRAL News1 of 2
Chad Flowers/WRAL News2 of 2
Federico said Wake County Animal Center contacted cat rescues in the area, but found placement for only 30 cats. Anderson said she finds that unacceptable.
"There needs to be a triage station," Anderson said. "Those animals need to held for a minimum amount of time."
Joseph Threadcraft, director of Wake County Environment Services, which oversees the Animal Center, said that there is information about the situation that has not yet been made public because of the ongoing criminal investigation surrounding the animal hoarder from whom the cats were taken.
"From the review of that data, I think the response was appropriate," Threadcraft said. "Euthanasia of animals is something that is taken seriously. But again, when all is taken in perspective, there were no violations of protocol."
FERAL CAT TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN AND OTHER ANIMAL CAUSES: