A terrible tale of animal cruelty
. . . and a kitten facing a ticking clock
By Mike Sweeney
November 4, 2008 | Hard News Cafe
writer Whitney Schulte came to class with an urgent,
sad story. She thought she'd have time to write it herself,
but events have moved so rapidly that she merely sends
the photo above with a short plea to the editors: Could
you post the picture to the Web and find someone to
Schulte says she received word from
a friend not long ago that a box of kittens had been
abandoned a few miles up Blacksmith Fork Canyon.
In a search that included driving
up and down the highway during a cold, dark night and
shouting "Here, kitty," through the open car
window, Schulte and the friend found the kittens. One
was already dead, and another quickly followed. Together
they rounded up the survivors and frantically made calls
to try to find them homes. All but one got adopted.
The one who's still awaiting a home
is above. It's got no name, although perhaps because
it was found right before Election Day she ought to
be called Columbia, or Sam, or Ballot -- or something
else we associate with democracy.
The tabby is gray, long-haired and
female. She appears to be about 5 weeks old. She's at
a shelter now, but may have to be put down because of
Schulte asks: How could someone abandon
kittens in such rotten weather?
If you wish to adopt this kitten,
call Whitney Schulte at 435-770-7844.