The Bronx Zoo by means of AP
NEW YORK — An 80-pound cougar was removed from a New York City apartment wherever she was getting stored illegally as a pet, animal welfare officers reported Monday.
The proprietor of the 11-thirty day period-old female cougar surrendered the animal on Thursday, Kelly Donithan, director of animal disaster response for the Humane Modern society of the United States, said in a news release.
The cougar, nicknamed Sasha, invested the weekend at the Bronx Zoo obtaining veterinary treatment and is now headed to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, officers claimed.
The Humane Society coordinated with zoo officials, the state Division of Environmental Conservation and the New York Law enforcement Office on the significant cat’s elimination.
“I’ve by no means viewed a cougar in the wild, but I have witnessed them on leashes, smashed into cages, and crying for their moms when breeders rip them absent,” the Humane Society’s Donithan stated. “I have also noticed the heartbreak of owners, like in this circumstance, after becoming sold not just a wild animal, but a bogus desire that they could make a very good ‘pet.'”
Donithan reported this cougar was somewhat fortunate since her entrepreneurs, who reside in the Bronx, regarded that a wild cat is not healthy to reside in an condominium and surrendered her.
“The owner’s tears and nervous chirps from the cougar as we drove her absent painfully drives household the many victims of this horrendous trade and myth that wild animals belong anyplace but the wild,” Donithan claimed.
Section of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos explained that when cougars “may possibly look lovable and cuddly when youthful, these animals can improve up to be unpredictable and hazardous.”
Bronx Zoo director Jim Breheny stated the unique pet trade tends to make no contribution to the conservation of endangered species.
“These animals normally conclude up in pretty negative predicaments, stored by non-public persons who never have the means, services, knowledge, or skills to supply for the animals’ most essential desires,” Breheny claimed. “In addition to these welfare problems for the animals, the preserving of big cats by personal individuals poses a true safety hazard to the owner, the owner’s family and the group at large.”
New York has seen other noteworthy instances involving unsafe animals in private residences, such as Ming, a 400-pound tiger that was taken out from a Harlem apartment in 2003.
Ming’s owner, Antoine Yates, was arrested and sentenced to five months in prison for reckless endangerment. Ming died in 2019 at the Noah’s Misplaced Ark Exotic Animal Rescue Heart in Ohio.
Law enforcement Commissioner Dermot Shea claimed the cougar’s situation “is at this time beneath investigation and no further information is obtainable at this time.”