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 LongIslandPresss.com Horan denies the allegation.
A huge swell of support for the animals is brewing. Join them.
What You Can Do
Go to the town website and submit a complaint. Let Town Supervisor Kate Murray know exactly how you feel.
Photo is not the cat in the video. Flickr: yasooyamoo
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