Two West Philadelphia women are facing animal cruelty charges for intentionally pouring ammonia on three cats on the 4800 block of Westminster Street. The women were arrested on Tuesday after one cat died. The other two cats are currently recuperating at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA).
The two women apparently started an argument with neighbors who had been feeding the stray cats and allegedly decided to take the elimination of the cats into their own hands.
According to NBC Philadelphia.com:
“If people have an issue with cats in their neighborhood there are agencies and organizations that can help,” said George Bengal, head of humane law enforcement for the PSPCA. “This is not the proper way to deal with animals. People shouldn’t resort to cruel methods.”
Feral (unsocialized) and stray cats are the result of human negligence when owners have failed to spay and neuter their pets, abandoned them, or treated their cats as yesterday's trash. No one has the right to torture, mistreat, or try to kill feral cats or any animal.
One organization in the West Philadelphia area called citykitties.org educates people about the "Trap, Neuter, and Release Program" which provides a humane method to control the feral cat population. The organization's website is full of helpful information.
Be sure to read citykitties.org success stories and find out how you can help.
Marmalade, the cat pictured in this article is currently available for adoption. Please click here for more information and the adoption process.