In a heartbreaking post on social media, the Community Animal Rescue and Adoption, posted that at 120 cats were euthanized on Sunday following former employees having been fired on Saturday after learning plans were being made to kill every cat at the shelter.
According to the Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (C.A.R.A), veterinarian examinations of the cats revealed cats testing positive for Calicirivus:
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we inform our community and our supporters that we have had a Calicivirus outbreak in our cattery. Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest fears of any rescue. Calicivirus is an airborne disease that is extremely contagious, particularly in an overpopulated cattery.
Immediately upon our veterinarian getting a positive Calicivirus test result and under their advice, our cattery was closed to visitors and for adoptions/intake in October. After reaching out to other shelters and experts in the sheltering business, we learned that this travesty has happened to shelters in other locations.”
According to WjtvNews, one of the six caregivers asked to leave the facility stated that some of the cats tested had come back negative for the virus.
“I understand it’s a terrible virus and it spreads. I just wish I knew for a fact that all options had been exhausted before they all got put down,” stated former employee Kelli Ware.
Calicivirus is treatable and can be prevented with a vaccination raising more questions as to why the cats in the facility were not inoculated for the virus.
“There were a lot [of cats] who couldn’t say ‘Hey I’m fine… I’m not sick.'” Kelli added.
Sick of abuse?
It’s a love/hate thing…