On Monday afternoon, a law enforcement officer with DeKalb County allegedly picked Frances up on Monday evening in the carrier she had been left in behind the hospital.
Kristen McKnight, a representative for Southern Animal Rescue contacted Dekalb County Animal Services on March 24, to let them know the rescue wanted to take the cat into their care. The rescue was told no record was available of Frances in their system. The rescue coordinator at Dekalb said they were working to find more information on Frances.
Then word came in that Frances had been picked up by a Dekalb County Animal Enforcement Officer, and the only information provided to the shelter was Frances was “released to the wild.”
The animal care worker doesn’t even feel he’s done anything wrong and has admitted to dumping Frances.
A video by MyFoxAtlanta can be found here.
According to a post on Facebook: Help Find Frances (now removed)
“Everyone at St. Francis who interacted with her echoed the same sentiments… she was a very friendly, sweet, outgoing and well socialized cat. She was well cared for by her previous owners and looked healthy and enjoyed the company of people. She was not a feral cat and she was not a stray that was picked up, fixed and released back where she was found. She was never taken to the shelter and never had a chance. The enforcement officer could not have known where she came from so she was dumped in unfamiliar territory. We want to know where she was released immediately so we can start working on finding her by putting out flyers and setting traps in that area. This is a friendly and sweet cat who deserves so much more than what she got from the Enforcement officer who dumped her. I understand and support TNR efforts but this cat was not part of Dekalb’s TNR program. She was a friendly cat that was dumped by her owners and then dumped by the enforcement officer that was supposed to help her. Also, at this time the shelter has plenty of room for cats so this was not a humane or LEGAL alternative to euthanasia due to space issues at the shelter.”
Now Southern Animal Rescue is asking for help in locating Frances, who was allegedly unlawfully dumped in Shoal Creek Park I, 3642 Glenwood Road, by a Dekalb County Animal Enforcement Officer. The park is huge, and volunteers are needed who are willing to take turns setting traps at dusk and waiting for at least an hour to see if she can be trapped.
In the meantime, if Frances is spotted, please call 404-234-0161 or 678-914-4364, but do not attempt to catch her.
Southern Animal Rescue is also asking animal advocates to contact DeKalb County Enforcement and demand them to let the rescue know exactly where Frances was released.
Dekalb County Enforcement
404-294-2996 (extension 5)
Director: Xan Rawls
Animal abandonment laws may have been broken here. Georgia law states
Sec. 5-6. – Abandonment.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to knowingly abandon, or to aid in the abandonment of, any domesticated animal on any property located in unincorporated DeKalb County.
(Ord. No. 04-15, Pt. I, 12-14-04)
Abandonment means the intentional or complete forsaking of any animal by its owner, without making reasonable arrangements for the adequate care and custody of the animal to be assumed by another person or the failure to return and resume responsibility of an animal at the designated time as arranged with the caregiver. Abandonment also means the act of placing an animal on public property or within a public building, unattended or uncared for, or on or within the private property of another without the express permission of the owner, custodian or tenant of the private property.
According to their webpage, the mission of Southern Animal Rescue is
“To rescue and re-home abused, neglected and homeless dogs and cats in metro Atlanta; to educate pet owners to properly care for their animals, and to reduce the number of feral cats and kittens through the humane practice of TNR (trap-neuter-return).”
Please share Frances with friends, especially those experienced in TNR or trapping in the Decatur, Georgia area.