Punish Person Who Abandoned 24 Cats in a Hot Car

Target: Ray Kroeze, Chief Inspector, RSPCA Tasmania

Goal: Go after person who abandoned two dozen cats in a locked car.

Two dozen cats were recently found locked in a car on a hot day. The cats were emaciated and left in the car for an estimated four days before rescuers found them. RSPCA inspectors gained access to the car with the help of police to save the animals. After rescue, they were taken to a veterinarian where they required care for dehydration, emaciation, and myriad other health issues.

If they had not been found, it’s extremely likely that these animals would have died. According to RSPCA Tasmania chief inspector Ray Kroeze, investigators are currently “considering” whether or not to lay charges in this incident.

Kroeze did go on to warn owners against leaving their animals in cars or other confined spaces. “Never leave animals alone for extended periods of time without proper planning for their care and attention,” he said. “It can lead to severe discomfort, dehydration, and even death,” he continued.

This cruel abandonment cannot go unpunished. If authorities decide not to go after the person responsible, they will send the message that animal cruelty is not taken seriously. Sign the petition below to demand that authorities go after the person who left these cats to die.

The RSPCA Tasmania has responded to this petition indicating:

“Unfortunately the media report does not accurately reflect the wider story behind this rescue event, therefore we believe this petition to be well intentioned but unwittingly misguided and unfair to RSPCA staff, who each day strive to care for and protect animals.
At no stage did RSPCA Tasmania state that we would not be laying charges. The investigation is not to that stage. I can say that this case is an unusual one and has presented particular challenges with the investigations, hence the advice to media that ‘investigations are continuing.’

Our first priority was to rescue and provide care for the animals and then continue with tracking down the car ‘s (and possibly the cats’) owner. This work is ongoing and if evidence of wrongdoing or illegal acts become available to us then we would of course use all our powers to enforce the laws.”

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kroeze,

Two dozen cats were recently found abandoned, locked in a car for an estimated four days. The cats were emaciated and had other health issues. They had to be rescued by RSPCA inspectors and police. If they had not been rescued, it’s quite likely that these animals would have died.

So far, though you have warned pet owners against leaving their animals in cars or other confined spaces, you have said that the RSPCA is only “considering” laying charges in relation to this abandonment. If the person responsible is allowed to get away without charges, this will send a message that animal cruelty is not taken seriously. We, the undersigned, demand that you work to find and punish the person responsible for this abandonment in order to ensure that no more animals are subjected to this same abuse.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Wenliang Chen

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25 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Punish the person who was negligible by having left 24 cats in a hot car TO DIE!!!! This is UNACCEPTABLE!!

  2. Susan Fong says:

    This person’s actions were cruel and sadistic. He/she must be charged with felony animal abuse. There is no excuse for locking these cats in a car in the heat for many days. These cats could have died. This person must be prosecuted!

  3. johan joubert says:

    By not pressing charges the action is not considered an offence and actually condoned. What action would have been taken if a child was found in these circumstances? Proceed the same towards the lives of animals as you would with humans. The sadistic person that did this should go on trial and publicly punished and shamed for this unforgivable inhumane deed.

    • phillip Rammego says:

      Indeed Johan, lives are lives, no exceptions.

      • “no exceptions”?
        So the lives of houseflies or mosquitoes are as important as humans, or animals?
        What about bacteria or viruses?
        What about the lives of plants?
        Just saying, don’t you think that’s a little extreme?

  4. phillip Rammego says:

    Let punishment send a strong message that such conduct is unacceptable. Only glad the katzen are well and kicking. Meows!!!!!!!

  5. Virginia Penn says:

    This cannot go unpunished! What a heinous and cruel and Inhumane thing to do! THIS PERSON MUST BE PROSECUTED AND PUNISHED!

  6. Leave him/her in the hot car in the sun for a few days, then if he/she survives press charges and long jail time.

    • Connie Freas says:

      YES!! Leave this person in a hot car for many days and if they survive, prosecute them and send them to jail indefinitely to A HOT CELL!!!!!!!!

  7. aurelia b says:

    POS!!!

  8. REALLY… YOUR THINKING ABOUT BRINGING CHARGES?? HOW ABOUT PUT THE ABUSERS IN THE CAR AND LOCKING THEM UP FOR FOUR DAYS.. WOULD YOU BRING CHARGES THEN??? WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP… ANYONE THAT WOULD DO THIS INTENTIONALLY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING.. SO NOW YOU SHOULD NOW “EXACTLY” WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING… THERE IS ABOSOLUTLEY NO EXCUSE TO LOCK 24 CATS UP IN A CAR? WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE… JUST THE TOUGHT OF YOU “JUST THINKING ABOUT BRINGING CHARGES” MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL AND I AM SURE OTHERS AS WELL. DO YOUR JOB! THAT’S WHAT YOUR GETTING PAID FOR

    • Totally agree Becky!!! Put this bastard in a very hot car, temperatures her are around 40C now, so closed this beast in an old car, those to go to end up their job, and left that person to die slowly there. That’s justice, karma or whatever you call it, but is deserved.

  9. tina roberts says:

    This person needs to go to prison and be the cell block’s cum dumpster.

  10. Only considering bringing charges !!! Are the authorities there all braindead !!!!!

  11. This is absurd that this person has not been charged already! Those innocent kitties definitely would have died….no question about it!!! I, for one, am sick to death of these sickos getting by with animal abuse!!! They MUST BE PUNISHED FOR THEIR ACTIONS!!!

  12. Why do we try to exuse such cruelty,get on with it, show others this is unacceptable.

  13. Leave this person in a hot car for Many days and if they survive, send them to jail Indefinitely to A HOT CELL!!!

  14. yes everything that’s been said plus more!..

  15. Yes let justice fit the crime

  16. UNACCEPTABLE TO TREAT ANIMALS LIKE THIS NOW.FIND THE TURDS WHO DID THIS.

  17. kasturi bao says:

    Ur right guys. Leave this idiot in that damn hot cat for a few days n see what happens right? Theyre innocent man!! They look upp to us humans n ths is what they get!!! Then dont bloody take them as ur petscgetit sicko. Yhos humn moron better b punoshed.

  18. Only one suitable judgement: hard labor for the rest of that useless low-life!

  19. SIGNED TO END CRUELTIES OF INNOCENT DOGS AND CATS and STOP Being SELFISHNESS SAVE AND RESPECT LIVES CREATURES FROM GOD. PUNISHMENT IN PRISONMENT THIS CRUELTIES OF INNOCENT HELPLESS Defenseless AND VOICELESS CREATURES SHOULD BE LOCKED UP IN JAIL FOR LIFE THIS Brutality AND INHUMANITY SHOULD BE STOP AND immediately punishment IN JAIL for long periods of years thats unacceptable AND DANGEROUS IN WORLD SOCIETY.SIGNED

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