MIDDLETOWN, NJ – After reportedly taking a cat from a yard, thought to be a feral cat hit by a car, Middletown animal control officers brought the cat to a Red Bank veterinarian to be put to sleep. Mush the cat was fine…well, not fine, but the family is now irate because their cat which suffered from a spinal deformity that made it hard for him to walk. The animal control officer misdiagnosed that condition, thinking the cat was hit by a car. The township says neighbors flagged down the animal control officer and reported the cat and the said they tried knocking on the door. It had no collar or microchip, authorities said.
“This is just total incompetence all the way around, from the illegal pick-up to the needle at the end,” said owner Steve Mago. “Nobody anticipates someone coming into your yard and stealing your cat.”
Mush was 15 years old. Mago said he searched for Mush when he got home from work, but after watching his Ring video system, he saw the animal control officer knocking on his door.
“Our family is extremely hurt by the actions took by these “Professionals” with our family member Mush,” Mago said. “We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support of the community and will continue to keep everyone updated along the way.”
In honor of Mush, Mago is helping to raise money for Reformers – Advocates for Animal Shelter Change.