NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-pound cougar was eliminated from a New York City apartment where by she was becoming stored illegally as a pet, animal welfare officers explained Monday.
The proprietor of the 11-thirty day period-old woman cougar surrendered the animal on Thursday, Kelly Donithan, director of animal catastrophe response for the Humane Culture of the United States, stated in a information launch.
The cougar, nicknamed Sasha, used 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 Modern society coordinated with zoo officers, the state Office of Environmental Conservation and the New York Police Department on the big cat’s elimination.
“I’ve by no means viewed a cougar in the wild, but I’ve found them on leashes, smashed into cages, and crying for their moms when breeders rip them away,” the Humane Society’s Donithan claimed. “I’ve also found the heartbreak of owners, like in this scenario, right after currently being marketed not just a wild animal, but a bogus dream that they could make a excellent ‘pet.’”
Donithan explained this cougar was reasonably fortunate simply because her owners, who live in the Bronx, identified that a wild cat is not suit to reside in an apartment and surrendered her.
“The owner’s tears and nervous chirps from the cougar as we drove her absent painfully drives residence the several victims of this horrendous trade and fantasy that wild animals belong any where but the wild,” Donithan said.
Section of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos stated that whilst cougars “may glimpse cute and cuddly when young, these animals can increase up to be unpredictable and risky.”
Bronx Zoo director Jim Breheny stated the unique pet trade tends to make no contribution to the conservation of endangered species.
“These animals often close up in very terrible situations, saved by personal men and women who don’t have the methods, services, understanding, or experience to provide for the animals’ most essential desires,” Breheny claimed. “In addition to these welfare fears for the animals, the keeping of large cats by non-public men and women poses a actual safety hazard to the owner, the owner’s spouse and children and the local community at massive.”
New York has found other noteworthy circumstances involving harmful animals in private residences, which includes Ming, a 400-pound tiger that was taken out from a Harlem apartment in 2003.
Ming’s proprietor, Antoine Yates, was arrested and sentenced to five months in prison for reckless endangerment. Ming died in 2019 at the Noah’s Lost Ark Exotic Animal Rescue Center in Ohio.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned the cougar’s circumstance “is currently beneath investigation and no additional details is accessible at this time.”
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