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Man’s inhumanity to pets

Published: Thu, October 7, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Man’s inhumanity to pets

I joined the Cat Ladies Soci- ety after my family and husband’s family had a series of family deaths. I found a group of children, teens, women, and men all committed to the care and well being of these cats and kittens.

All of these animals were the throw-away animals. Some were dumped after their family moved away. Some were tortured, stabbed, run over etc. Kittens with no mom cat to take care of them were left to die. Our volunteers, led by Kimm, took care of them and loved them. They washed walls, floors, litter boxes, and blankets. We played with them and combed them so that they would be adopted into “forever” homes. We took in “special needs” cats. There were people who wanted them. Our pets had names and personalities. I saw sick and scared cats bloom into pretty healthy pets.

These 80 cats and kittens had 10 days to enjoy their beautiful, clean, smell-free shelter, especially built for them by all volunteers. This ended one day when the “Humane Society” deemed it more humane to stuff 2-5 cats and kittens into carriers and take them to a cold, dark place and kill them. Our pets were healthy; they had no “diseases.” The sick ones were ill with colds, upper respiratory, eye infections — all treatable illnesses. They were being treated and in a room away from the other cats and kittens.

These “inhumane society” men broke our hearts. We can’t stop thinking about our pets’ terror at their hands. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. It has happened and will continue to happen as long as society lets these people get away with horrible acts.

Marie Roller, Liberty


1crosby87(6 comments)posted 4 years ago

Marie, you have hit the nail on the head. Animal lover or not, the actions of this law enforcement agency went beyond reasonable, and in no way conform to the protections we are entitled to in this country.

The Humane Society, and Animal Charity, have clearly abused the powers entrusted to them. They seem to answer to no one, are accountable to no one. The current staff of these organizations has a history of blatant disregard for procedures required for any law enforcement agency, let alone a humane agency.

Even if the community isn't outraged by the seizure and destruction of animals, they should certainly be disgusted by the trampling of our rights and the clear lack of oversight for this agency. Unless the community comes together to make this the last time, there will be another publicity stunt at someone else's expense. If it's you, who will be left to stand up for you?

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2onthetown(254 comments)posted 4 years ago

Crosby 87:

I absolutely agree with you.

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3temp(6 comments)posted 4 years ago

Isn't there ANY of our area politicians who will help us get answers????
I too am a CLS volunteer. My daughter and I drive all the way down from Kinsman once ot twice a month to help with volunteer work. This is a WONDERFUL and needed shelter. Clean and Loving. What Animal Charity and Humane Society did was WRONG. They are murderers. These beautiful, loving felines did not deserve to be killed. Why would you kill cats for upper respiratory infections and ear mites to name a few. It's been several weeks. No charges were filed against the CLS. What the &*%@# are they waiting for? Where are the so-called abuse charges???? There was NO abuse or neglect going on! I spent several hours at the CLS old site last month out behind the building scrubbing and bleaching out litter boxes. These animals were destroyed because of greed. We demand some answers from the killers as to why they did this.
Please...if you're a politician....help us get answers!

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4davidjohn(144 comments)posted 4 years ago

cats are not more important then children

no one seems to care about abused children

god forbid someone puts down a sick cat

heard that neighbors complained

people who got cats that died quickly complained

even some volunteers complained

maybe animal charity isnt so professional

but there apparently were problems

comments that cats were destroyed because of greed make no sense

neither does these peoples fanaticism

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5peedymom(13 comments)posted 4 years ago

To davidjohn,

Where did you ever hear anyone say on this issue that cats are more important than abused children?. One issue has nothing to do with the other except that maybe the officials in Youngstown should spend their resources to catch real criminals and drop this case against Cat Ladies. You "heard" that neighbors and volunteers complained about the conditions at the shelter. I have visited there many times and "saw" for myself that the cats were well cared for and loved.

I am just as outraged about this raid as I was over 3 weeks ago when this happened. Are the officials in Youngstown dragging their feet on this hoping it will become old news that people will forget about? There were 97 comments posted on the 9/24 article about the Cat Ladies Shelter. As of now there are 4 comments posted about this letter to the editor. Come on citizens, I know that there are still a lot of people who care and we need to make our voices heard. Don't say part of this wasn't about greed. In these days, there are only so many charitable dollars to go around and Cat Ladies seemed to be getting a share because of the good work they do. That is money that doesn't go to other shelters. It is too bad that the county does not have Humane agents that are not biased and affiliated with a particular shelter.

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6seagull(20 comments)posted 4 years ago

peedymom, This situation is certainly suspicious...but good luck trying to get a straight answer. This reminds me of that old saying...let no good deed go unpunished!
And to davidjohn:

start writing in sentences

are your comments bizarre haiku

or do you not know

the rules of English

cruelty to animals

cruelty to children

God created us all

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7davidjohn(144 comments)posted 4 years ago


how about seagulls ironic comments after yours

cruelty to animals cruelty to children god created us all

equating animals to children

when there is a case involving pets

children are not pets by the way

there are hundreds of people that show up in court

but when there is a child abuse case and there are many

no one comes no one is outraged

dont write in japanese seagull so let me make this clear

animals deserve care but stop talking about them like they are people

as chris said to brian in family guy

you are a dog you have no soul

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8oneajfan2000(5 comments)posted 4 years ago

My son and I volunteer for CLS and we even adopted one. This is gut renching how they can take the lives of those cats and kittens. We the volunteers will keep on helping Kim. Kim has a big heart and God knows the truth . Proverbs 12:10 states : The righteous one is caring for the soul of his domestic animal, but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel. Proverbs 2:22 states: The wicked will be cut off from the land (earth )and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it.

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9oneajfan2000(5 comments)posted 4 years ago

Genesis 1:28 states God blessed Adam and Eve and told them to become fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it,and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.
To me that tell us to TAKE CARE OF ALL the things in life. We are in charge of our own actions. Reguardless of what it is. Big or small doesn't make bad actions right.

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10oneajfan2000(5 comments)posted 4 years ago

Genesis 1:28 states God blessed Adam and Eve and told them to become fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it,and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.
To me that tell us to TAKE CARE OF ALL the things in life. We are in charge of our own actions. Reguardless of what it is. Big or small doesn't make bad actions right. Domestic Animals are a gift from our creator.

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11oneajfan2000(5 comments)posted 4 years ago

Genesis 1:28 states : God blessed Adam and Eve and told them to become fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it,and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.
To me that tell us to TAKE CARE OF ALL the things in life. We are in charge of our own actions. Reguardless of what it is. Big or small doesn't make bad actions right. Domestic Animals are a gift from our creator.

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12walter_sobchak(1922 comments)posted 4 years ago

I hope no cats were killed or wounded by the flying bullets at the fight at the corner of Hilton and Southern Blvd. Sunday! This would be another travesty!

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13CassAnn(252 comments)posted 4 years ago

Oh please Walter.. I prefer animals to people simply because they don't expect anything from their owners except food and love. The Cat Ladies Society is all about providing these cats with forever homes where they will get both food and love. They choose not to "throw away" the less than perfect cats. I commend them for that.

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14jorlando78(9 comments)posted 4 years ago

As others have stated, I am disgusted by the euthanasia of the Cat Ladies' cats. After four weeks of waiting for answers, I have tried to focus on the bigger picture - what can be done to stop something like this from happening in the future? Animal Charity and its humane officers still have the ability to go out and do the same thing to another shelter. They could walk into Angels for Animals, Alchemy Acres, For the Dogs, or any other rescue, seize their animals and euthanize them. If they possess such an abundance of evidence against the Cat Ladies, why have there been no charges after a month?

By Ohio Revised Code, if the Cat Ladies are found innocent, Animal Charity is only responsible for paying them "an amount determined by the court to be equal to the reasonable market value of the companion animal at the time that it was impounded plus statutory interest" (ORC 959.132 (G)). That is the only penalty for wrongly seizing and euthanizing an animal? How does the court determine “fair market value” for someone’s pet? Another section states, "A companion animal that is seized under this section may be humanely destroyed immediately or at any time during impoundment if a licensed veterinarian determines it to be necessary because the companion animal is suffering" (ORC 959.132 (D)). So, legally speaking, humane agents could seize anyone's pet, destroy it immediately if their veterinarians decided it was suffering, and have extremely limited accountability. Who defines 'suffering'? My dog had a growth spurt when she was 18 months, and was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication to help with the pain. Does this qualify as suffering? Would she have been put down?

I am fully supportive of Ohio's attempt to prosecute true animal cruelty; however, the laws are vague and one-sided, offering little protection to anyone wrongly accused of neglect or cruelty. The laws are written in such a way that the accused is presumed guilty from the beginning. Ironically, I could only find laws regarding the training and appointment of humane officers. No laws discuss oversight or accountability. I was not surprised, however, by ORC 959.132 (B), which contains the clause, “No officer or impounding agency shall impound a companion animal that is the subject of an offense in a shelter owned, operated, or controlled by a board of county commissioners pursuant to Chapter 955.” The clause grants county dog pounds immunity from humane agent seizures (unless the board approves the seizure of its own animals), while other shelters are left vulnerable. Animal Charity and its officers have abused their power and status as a 501(c)(3) on numerous occasions and something must be done to prevent this from happening again.

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15peedymom(13 comments)posted 4 years ago

To jorlando78:

I completely agree with your comments. Not only are we waiting for answers, the shelter remains closed to the many homeless cats and kittens in need. It is now Oct 15th and not only has nothing has been printed recently in Vindy about this situation, but the last letter published was this one on Oct 7th. I personally know of at least 2 people who have written since. I am sure there are more. In the section "most commented" the 9/24 article had 97 comments but it is no longer listed in the most commented section. If you have not "favorited " that article, good luck finding it and the comments which list the addresses and phone numbers of the people to contact to voice you opinion about this situation. I am beginning to think that it is no longer considered "news", or else talk of the raid is being buried because it it making Animal Charity and it's humane officers look so bad.

I did not do the work on compiling this list but have copied it from the previous post on Vindy:

Judge Belinky’s office (330-740-2310) says that all they had to do with the whole catladiessociety fiasco is that the judge appointed Humane Officer Joe Borosky, and didn’t I think that Animal Charity and Nicole Barringer (330-788-1064) were responsible? I was told it was handled by municipal court (330-742-8700)
The clerk of courts’s office refused to comment on the matter, but later admitted that is was Magistrate Anthony Sertick (330-742-8824) who signed the order to raid
catladiessociety. The magistrate isn’t elected, he is appointed, apparently by the three municipal judges, Those judges are, in the order in which they will face re-election: Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr., (330-742-8725), Judge Robert P. Millich (330-742-8725) and Judge Elizabeth Kobly (330-742-8725)
The city attorney (Joseph Macejko) ‘s office refused to comment.
The very rude woman in the mayor (Jay Williams) ‘s office (330-742-8701) gleefully told me that the city attorney is not elected, he is appointed, by the mayor, who is mayor until 2012, and not eligible to run for re-election.
So, they all say that no-one is responsible for the deaths of 64 cats.
Citizens of Youngstown, remember these names, and make sure the ones that are elected officials are never elected to any office again, never paid for with your tax dollars

As was said above, not only do we want this issue resolved, but we need to prevent this from happening again.

And, if you haven't already and do want to read the previous 97 posts, check here:


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