Target: Allan Dennis Kirkham and Ella Mary Kirkham of Milton, Florida
Goal: Condemn a couple for poorly operating a cat rescue, resulting in 103 of their 225 cats having to be euthanized
Since 2005, Allan Dennis Kirkham and Ella Mary Kirkham had been operating a non-profit shelter called the Kirkham Kattery at their home in Milton, Florida. Recently, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Rosa County Animal control had a search warrant to inspect their 2400-square-foot home. The condition was so unbelievably terrible that deputies had to remove 225 cats.
County spokeswoman Joy Tsubooka informed the news that about half of the cats taken from the home have been euthanized for poor health. All 103 of the cats had severe health concerns and tested positive for feline leukemia, which is a contagious disease that can be transmitted to other cats through direct contact, mutual grooming, sharing litter boxes, and food and water bowls. The virus that causes feline leukemia can also be transmitted when infected cats scratch or bite other cats. The disease is preventable if healthy cats over three months of age are vaccinated. Therefore, the Kirkhams neglected to provide proper vaccinations to their “rescues.”
The remaining cats are currently being tested for feline leukemia and are being treated for malnutrition, dehydration, respiratory problems, and ulcers, along with several other health conditions. These cats are being housed in a non-public, quarantined area while the Kirkhams have each been released from jail on $3,500 bonds on felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor health and safety charges. Sign the petition to condemn the Kirkhams for mistreating their 225 rescues and to demand that they cease all operations at their Kattery.
Dear Allan Dennis and Ella Mary Kirkham,
You formed the nonprofit shelter called Kirkham Cattery as a post-retirement project at your 2400-square-foot-home in 2005. You had adopted out really sick cats to the public. In one instance, an undercover deputy went to your shelter and adopted two cats that were later diagnosed by a veterinarian to have feline leukemia, respiratory infections, flea and tapeworm infestations and several other diseases. The cats were euthanized.
Just recently, all 225 of your cats were removed after deputies searched your house and found it extremely unsanitary. Of the 225 cats, 103 were then euthanized because they had severe health complications. They also all tested positive for feline leukemia. Feline leukemia is an extremely contagious disease. When running a cat rescue with over two hundred cats, you should have vaccinated your healthy cats and separated the ones with the disease from the healthy ones. Your remaining cats are currently being treated for numerous health conditions. How can you say you are a shelter when you have harmed so many of your rescues? Educate yourself on how to better take care of cats and cease all operations at your facility.
[Your Name Here]
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