Target: Crown Prosecutor Corie Langdon
Goal: Demand harsh punishment for woman who kept over 100 cats in a filthy and hazardous environment.
A cat hoarder has been found guilty of several counts of animal cruelty and causing or permitting unnecessary suffering to animals. Diane Way, a 67-year-old law professor, kept 107 cats in her home, most of which were determined to be feral by rescuers. The conditions in the home were filthy, with a sludge of urine and feces pooled on the floors for so long that it put the home’s structural integrity at risk. Investigators found rotting furniture and a strong smell of ammonia in the air.
The animals removed from the home suffered a host of health problems, including eye and lung infections, dehydration, malnutrition, and chemical burns from urine. They were aggressive from a lack of socialization and had suffered deformities due to inbreeding. They were crusted in fecal matter and showed signs of serious emotional distress, including a lack of responsiveness to humans described as “spooky” in expert testimony. The cats were in such poor condition that all but one had to be euthanized.
This is one of the most shocking animal hoarding cases ever seen in Canada. The fact that the woman made an effort to give away some of her cats suggests that she knew she was in over her head but failed to take adequate steps to ensure the welfare of the cats. Sign the petition below to demand that the prosecution seek the maximum possible penalty for this cruel offender.
Dear Prosecutor Corie Langdon,
A Toronto woman was recently found guilty of animal cruelty and and causing or permitting unnecessary suffering to animals for her neglect toward 107 cats that she kept in her home. Investigators reported conditions so filthy that the animals suffered chemical burns, infections, and other health issues. The cats were so neglected that they were dehydrated and malnourished, with many being declared feral. All but one of the cats had to be euthanized.
This case is particularly shocking because the woman seemed to be aware of the cruelty she was inflicting, but failed to take adequate steps to stop it. In order to ensure that justice is brought to these neglected cats, it is imperative that she be punished to the full extent of the law. We, the undersigned, demand that Diane Way is harshly punished for her torture of 107 cats.
[Your Name Here]
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