MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A woman whose pet kitten was mistakenly euthanized at the Mobile County Animal Shelter is suing the county.
Kaitlyn Hughes' kitten Porkchop was taken to the shelter by her neighbor after it got loose, and euthanized less than 10 minutes after being dropped off.
Hughes' attorney has sent the county a letter informing them he "plans to file suit against all of those at the County Animal Shelter responsible for the death of the kitten." The letter claims the shelter committed wanton negligence and the "kitten was killed for no legitimate reason."
"It's going to hold them accountable to some degree and if anything get some sort of justice for Porkchop," Hughes told Local 15. "If something doesn't change there this is going to happen again."
Hughes said when she went to the shelter to pick up Porkchop, the shelter staff gave her the run-around and claimed they never admitted Porkchop. After putting pressure on the shelter, Hughes said an assistant manager "found" Porkchop's file, brought her outside and told her what happened.
"After he told me that, I was just not in a good state of mind," Hughes said.
Hughes said the internal investigation into the euthanization was slanted and lacking.
"They didn't have anyone from the outside come in and investigate and hold them accountable," Hughes said. "It was what was kept out of the report that really bothered me."
According to an investigation into the incident, shelter employees claimed Porkchop was acting "feral" and "aggressive" towards the staff. Hughes' neighbor contends that claim.
"My neighbor said when [shelter employees] put [Porkchop] in the cage, [Porkchop] just sat down and looked up at him, completely calm," Hughes said.
Hughes does not believe her cat's euthanization was an isolated incident and that it's happened before at the Mobile County Animal Shelter, but other pet owners may never have learned the truth.
"[The shelter] thought that I was just going to go away and never find out," Hughes said. "The only reason I found out what happened was because my neighbor told me exactly where he brought my cat. Some other pet owners may not be that lucky, and would just give up when the shelter told them their pet wasn't there."