Authorities seek man who left cat outside shelter overnight

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has asked for the public’s help to identify a man who reportedly abandoned a cat outside of the Allen County SPCA after hours.

Authorities are searching for the owner of this vehicle. The man is suspected of leaving a cat in a carrier outside the Allen County SPCA on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control)

In a news release Monday, Animal Care & Control said a man left a cat in a carrier outside the SPCA at 4914 S. Hanna St. around 8:35 p.m. Aug. 14. It was left outside, during a storm, until staff found the cat the next morning, officials said.

The shelter released two surveillance images – one of the suspect and another of a silver pickup – on Monday.

“Leaving any living creature unsupervised out in the elements with no provisions is not the humane solution,” said Holly Pasquinelli, Community Relations and Education Specialist at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. “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.”

Anyone who may recognize the man or the vehicle is asked to call Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control at (260) 427-1244 or CrimeStoppers at 436-STOP.

Those who need to surrender an animal between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday should call Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control at 427-1244 and choose Option 1. Outside of those hours or on the weekend, residents should call 449-3000.

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