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“Kill the Kitty” Shouts Hempstead New York Shelter Worker

“Kill the Kitty” Shouts Hempstead New York Shelter Worker

What is it about the downtrodden and disenfranchised in society that sometimes makes those more fortunate feel a need or a right to ridicule them – even to taunt and humiliate them?   

Shelter animals often seem to be the lowest of the low and there’s a YouTube video to prove it.  It shows Pat Horan, Shelter Director at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in NY and several other municipal workers laughing, joking and otherwise clowning around when a cat is taken out of a crate for euthanization.

We don’t know why the cat was to be put down but the reason is irrelevant.  It’s the behavior of the shelter staff that is the issue!

The internet and social networking are amazingly powerful tools.  Reports indicate that this video – which gained almost 10,000 hits in the past 24 hours – is responsible for the removal of Ms. Horan as acting Animal Shelter Director, a job for which, the New York Post reports, she earned in excess of $92,000 per year.  

Apparently the video was filmed 17 years ago and shows Horan – who was then Kennel Supervisor — flipping her middle finger after smiling at the camera.  Unfortunately, according to The Post, Horan has been reassigned pending an investigation and not outright fired.  But as the saying goes, patience is a virtue…

The video claims it is Horan’s voice off camera shouting “kill the kitty, kill the kitty,” but according to Horan denies the allegation.

A huge swell of support for the animals is brewing. Join them.

What You Can Do

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Go to the town website and submit a complaint.  Let Town Supervisor Kate Murray know exactly how you feel.


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Photo is not the cat in the video.  Flickr: yasooyamoo

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12:53AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

What absolute subhuman monsters. They don't deserve to roam free in society. It is a complete mystery what makes some people so bereft of feelings, compassion and empathy. They should be locked up. They are perfect arguments for birth control. What were their parents thinking? Something must have been terribly wrong in each family life and early upbringing to spawn such horrific examples of subhuman creatures.

6:32AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

What in the world are these people doing working in an animal shelter. This should be a somber and sad event. None of them seem to have the compassion necessary to do this job!

10:28PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

All the peope invoved shoud be fired! These babies are scared, confused, and lonely.... Wondering why they were left there. Those mfers are cruel & have no compassion. How could they, they don't have a heart!

5:52AM PDT on May 23, 2011

This may be one of the most offensive videos I have ever seen. The guy in blue is revolting and doesn't have a care about the little life to be lost - there is nothing bad enough to call him - HE belongs in a crate waiting to be euthanized - Pat Horan is an absolute disgrace and shoule be sent to an analyst - she's a danger to everyone especially these poor little defenceles animals.

6:52AM PDT on May 20, 2011

All of the people in the video should be fired and the reason made public. If these "shelters" cannot find compassionate, caring people to work there they should be closed down. These defenseless animals are better off on the street than in a "shelter" where they will be mistreated, bullied, teased and killed. A new model needs to be taught across the country for shelters: they should be places where animals are treated with compassion and respect. Foster programs and cooperation with rescue groups should be the norm. Spay and neuter programs and community outreach programs all need to be coordinated in the best interest of the animals!! Shelter workers should be "vetted" and evaluated as needed. The poor animals in their care should feel caring and compassion and especially if they are to be euthanised. No animal should be bullied and teased and mistreated , especially by the very peopleresponsible ( and being paid) for caring for them.

2:13AM PDT on May 20, 2011

What horrible people they all are

11:44PM PDT on May 19, 2011

The humiliation or hurting of the downtrodden, weak or less fortunate is known as bullying. Kids learn it from their bullying parents.

11:41PM PDT on May 19, 2011

At many municipal shelters, the workers arrive there not by choice but by failing at all other jobs in their municipal career. I cannot prove it, but I think a few sadists who chose to work at my local shelter staged pit bull fights after hours. I believe another worker was selling/trading/giving kittens to the local pit trainers. It's not all pretty out there. Remember, animal control was invented to protect the public from rabies, not to help animals. BTW, my former shelter has been greatly reformed by community intervention.

2:13PM PDT on May 19, 2011

Whoreran should be euthanized!

2:02PM PDT on May 19, 2011

What has happened to this people? At least they should be fired and I hope their neighbors shun them off.

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