Punish Person Who Abandoned 24 Cats in a Hot Car

Target: Ray Kroeze, Chief Inspector, RSPCA Tasmania

Goal: Go after person who abandoned two dozen cats in a locked car.

Two dozen cats were recently found locked in a car on a hot day. The cats were emaciated and left in the car for an estimated four days before rescuers found them. RSPCA inspectors gained access to the car with the help of police to save the animals. After rescue, they were taken to a veterinarian where they required care for dehydration, emaciation, and myriad other health issues.

If they had not been found, it’s extremely likely that these animals would have died. According to RSPCA Tasmania chief inspector Ray Kroeze, investigators are currently “considering” whether or not to lay charges in this incident.

Kroeze did go on to warn owners against leaving their animals in cars or other confined spaces. “Never leave animals alone for extended periods of time without proper planning for their care and attention,” he said. “It can lead to severe discomfort, dehydration, and even death,” he continued.

This cruel abandonment cannot go unpunished. If authorities decide not to go after the person responsible, they will send the message that animal cruelty is not taken seriously. Sign the petition below to demand that authorities go after the person who left these cats to die.

The RSPCA Tasmania has responded to this petition indicating:

“Unfortunately the media report does not accurately reflect the wider story behind this rescue event, therefore we believe this petition to be well intentioned but unwittingly misguided and unfair to RSPCA staff, who each day strive to care for and protect animals.
At no stage did RSPCA Tasmania state that we would not be laying charges. The investigation is not to that stage. I can say that this case is an unusual one and has presented particular challenges with the investigations, hence the advice to media that ‘investigations are continuing.’

Our first priority was to rescue and provide care for the animals and then continue with tracking down the car ‘s (and possibly the cats’) owner. This work is ongoing and if evidence of wrongdoing or illegal acts become available to us then we would of course use all our powers to enforce the laws.”

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kroeze,

Two dozen cats were recently found abandoned, locked in a car for an estimated four days. The cats were emaciated and had other health issues. They had to be rescued by RSPCA inspectors and police. If they had not been rescued, it’s quite likely that these animals would have died.

So far, though you have warned pet owners against leaving their animals in cars or other confined spaces, you have said that the RSPCA is only “considering” laying charges in relation to this abandonment. If the person responsible is allowed to get away without charges, this will send a message that animal cruelty is not taken seriously. We, the undersigned, demand that you work to find and punish the person responsible for this abandonment in order to ensure that no more animals are subjected to this same abuse.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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88 Comments

  1. Amanie canine says:

    Serial killers .

  2. It sounds as if this was intentional to rid themselves of these Felines????

  3. Denise Baudin says:

    Ray Kroeze, Chief Inspector, RSPCA Tasmania:

    The people who left the cats in the car for 4 days need to spend some time behind bars – NOT A SLAP ON THE HAND.

    By not punishing them, you would be telling Tasmania it is o.k. to abuse and torture animals. IT IS NOT – What’s next?????? CHILDREN???????????????

    Go after person who abandoned two dozen cats in a locked car.

  4. Debra Jordan says:

    What the hell is wrong with people? I don’t understand how people can be so hateful and heartless. People really need to start paying big time for abuse of innocent animals.

  5. Patricia Krause says:

    Punish Them??? I think they just need to be done away with… i am sick to death of hearing of these piece of crap human beings and what they do to animals and children.. There is Only 1 punishment for these sub human scum! Death~ Wake Up World, Just get rid of all these God Awful Human Trash!

  6. Investigators need to send a message to people about animal cruelty, punishment to fit crime – perhaps if the investigators were locked in a hot car for 4 days they would think differently .. stupid POS !! These babies need justice .. every life matters .. hate all subhuman trash who think they have a right to this to innocent animals .. they are the ones who need euthanising !!

  7. Why would someone do that. Obviously with the intention to harm these poor,defenceless cats. Catch the culprit and insure that he/she gets the appropriate punishment they deserve. Sick individuals should be made to realise the depth of their crime.

  8. Please punish the person who did this to the 24 cats. We cannot allow them to get away wihthout some kind of punishment. This is wrong!

  9. great. the RSPCA again. don’t they care about cats at ALL??
    they are as bad as the abusers!

  10. LISTEN RAY KROEZE, ARE YOU A BLEEDING IDIOT THAT YOU ARE ONLY “CONSIDERING LAYING CHARGES” AGAINST THIS/THESE LOWLIFE(S)? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? JUST YESTERDAY I CALLED THE POLICE BECAUSE SOME MORON LEFT HIS TWO SMALL DOGS IN 90 DEGREE HEAT IN HIS BLACK SUV WITH THE WINDOW OPEN 2 INCHES. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME I HAVE CALLED THE POLICE AND NOT THE FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN QUESTIONED OR YELLED AT FOR DOING SO. IT IS ALSO LEGAL TO BREAK A CAR’S WINDOW IN MANY STATES IN THE USA. I HAVE NOT HAD TO DO SO AS THE POLICE ARE USUALLY RIGHT ON TOP OF THE SITUATION. SO, “LAY CHARGES” ON THIS/THESE INDIVIDUAL(S). PUTTING THEM IN A HOT CAR WITHOUT FOOD, WATER, AIR OR THE POSSIBILITY OF ESCAPING THE VEHICLE FOR 4 DAYS MIGHT BE A PUNISHMENT TO CONSIDER. THEN IF THEY SURVIVE PUT THEM IN JAIL.

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