FWACC seeking help after cat left outside of business

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is seeking the public’s help to identify a man seen in an image capture from surveillance video leaving a cat outside of the Allen County SPCA after hours.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 11:00 AM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 4:13 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control (FWACC) is seeking the public’s help to identify a man seen in an image capture from surveillance video leaving a cat outside of the Allen County SPCA after hours.

The man left the cat in a carrier outside the SPCA located at 4914 South Hanna St. around 8:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

The cat was found the next morning by staff.

FWACC released the following statement this afternoon:

"While the Allen County SPCA is an animal shelter it was closed at the time. Leaving any living creature unsupervised out in the elements with no provisions is not the humane solution. There are proper and legal channels to relinquish a pet or drop off a stray animal. Had this person gone through the correct channels and contacted Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control or took the cat to the Allen County SPCA during business hours this cat would not have spent 10 hours outside on a night that thunderstorms moved through our area. Thankfully, this animal was found by staff the next morning and is in the care of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.

As a public safety agency we work hard to protect the citizens in our community and give a voice to the voiceless. Our enforcement division does not take animal cruelty and abandonment lightly. It’s important for us to speak with the person in this video so we can fully understand why this animal was left outside of a closed business.

If a person does need to relinquish ownership of their animal or drop off a stray animal they can contact our office at (260) 427-1244, option 1 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday – Friday or (260) 449-3000 outside of those hours or on weekends."

If you recognize the man or the vehicle in the photo please call Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control at (260) 427-1244 or Crimestoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

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