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Cat hit on Saint Mary St on Friday afternoon, excellent effort and care by young men passing by

Original post made by Kathy Felton, Downtown, on May 6, 2013

On Friday at approximately 5:15 p.m., my doorbell rang. It was a young man. He asked if I had a gray cat. He told me a cat had just been hit in front of my house. I went outside and discovered another young man and a woman kneeling down in the street along the sidewalk. A car had hit a cat and not stopped driving.The cat was badly injured and on top of the sewer grate along the street. The young men had witnessed the event, as they were passing by on their scooters and stopped to help. The boys were visibly upset. A woman had stopped her car and had called the police, but was frustrated that animal control had not come out yet after 30 minutes. The cat was lying on the storm drain and slid down into the gutter. At this point another neighbor and I each called again and said we knew the cat was still alive and needed help to get it out of the gutter. Another 20 minutes passed by and the police came who then in turn called the fire department. The cat was rescued and taken to the Emergency vet in Dublin.

I called the next day to check on the status of the cat and found that it's owner had been found and that the cat had had surgery Friday night, but had worsened on Saturday morning and was to be euthanized.

It was a sad ending for the poor cat and it's family. It did show me though that there is great character and compassion among our local teens and I want to give a shout out to the young men for doing the right thing. It is also a reminder that people drive much too fast through the downtown streets and that we have neighborhoods filled with animals and children. Please slow down!

I made a donation to Tri Valley Animal Rescue which helps work with our local animal shelter to prevent euthanasia and to provide homes for unwanted and stray pets.If you too, would like to make a donation here is the information.
Kathy Felton

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue
PO Box 11143
Pleasanton, CA 94588


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 6, 2013 at 10:08 am

another good deed...gracias...

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

Kuddos to the caring young man who stopped to help and all the others who called for help.

It's very sad that no one responded for such a long time, maybe the cat could have been saved if professional help had arrived sooner. Maybe animal control doesn't work after 5PM? Isn't there a contingency for assisting injured animals after hours?

I agree, people drive in neighborhoods with children playing much too fast! I just don't understand why safety isn't a concern for them. I was almost hit while IN a crosswalk with a car already stopped for me. The car driving up Palomino Drive just decided to "go around" the stopped car. Unbelievable.

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Posted by Pet owner
a resident of Downtown
on May 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

Sad end for the poor cat. Has anyone considered that the owner who allows the cat to roam is the one at fault? I have a neighborhood cat that is in my yard nearly every night and I have decided to trap it. I will take it to the pound but another neighbor is so tired of the digging, muddy footprints and cat hair that he claims his traps will be poisoned.

We don't live in the country. Keep your cats inside!

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Posted by Non-Pet Owner
a resident of Valencia
on May 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

Dear "Pet Owner",

It is not your responsibility nor duty to take control of your neighbor's cat and take it to the pound. The neighbor decides to let his cat out, let him do as he desires - if it gets lost (most likely will not) or if it gets run over by a car, it is hit fault. Don't make the world into a daycare of sorts. Now, if said cat is damaging your property or is singing badly on the fence, you may talk to your neighbor and discuss your issue. If you had a cat, I do not think you would want it to be trapped and taken to the pound, a waste of time and money for the owner. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

A Non-Pet Owner.

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Posted by Animal Lover
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on May 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

Dear "Pet Owner", seriously? you want to trap a cat because the neighbors let it roam around? There is no law against cats being outside. I personally have two indoor cats. They would love to be out doors but I know this is more dangerous for them. Cats who are outdoors live shorter lives in general. However, I have many cats in our neighborhood and would never think to trap them and take to the pound. Let them be, let them chase the mice!

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Posted by Pet owner
a resident of Downtown
on May 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

I am going to trap the cat to keep it from being poisoned! My neighbor hates the mess so much that he claims to be putting poisoned food in his trap. As much as I hate the cAt mess in my yard I would never kill a pet. I hope that when the neighbor has to go collect his cat he might get smarter. And if I knew who owned the cat I would be happy to talk with them. It's black, white and grey, well fed and roams the second street area. If someone knows the owners tell them to keep thei pet inside!

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Posted by Bboopgirl
a resident of Livermore
on May 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thank God that there are some wonderful people in this world that really have a heart for animals!

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Posted by another mom
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I have cats, I lock them up at night, they have their poop boxes and are well fed. During the day they go in and out as they please. Yes they do animal things like dig, poop etc. but they also earn their keep and catch mice and insects. If people want to control their environment to the point of no animals - let them start trapping the squirrels, racoons, birds, lizrds etc. lets have an all out sterile environment! Yeah, thats the solution! Maybe the trapper guy should just stay inside all the time, sounds like he would be a much happier person!

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Posted by Tanya
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on May 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

is there a "like" button. Good job community and neighborhood people. Same on the idiots who hit the cat and left. Sorry to hear the cat probably didn't make it

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on May 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

What is happening to this country's morals. They want to take away our guns and ammunition, and now they want to suspend owners' property rights for the sake of somebody's mangy cat. I paid good money for my home, and I didn't pay to have my backyard dessicrated with cat poop. Keep your cats out of my yard.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on May 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Cats need to roam. You can't walk a cat. They're animals just like squirrels and birds that roam your yard as well. Cats also dig like squirrels and bury their feces and urine (unlike dogs). So, yes, their feet get dirty. Cats also climb on cars and leave dirty prints, but trees and birds leave their gifts too.

This sociopathic neighbor that wants to poison cats has a frightening lack of empathy and desire to control things that are not controllable.

I wonder what he would do to a child that tracks dirt into his house...

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Posted by Stella
a resident of Downtown
on May 8, 2013 at 12:40 am

If you have a cat-keep them in your own house or yard-I am getting tired of them pooping and making their home in my yards. should be a leash law just like dogs.

I too have trapped cats and taken them to centers and I will not stop.

not all cats bury their crap.

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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Interesting that someone claims: "What is happening to this country's morals. They want to take away our guns and ammunition..." when in reality you're wanting to take a pet owners rights away. There is no law about cats. And if there were, the next step would be squirrels, mice, rats, etc etc. Get over it. If your precious car is so worth it, take the extra step and park it in a garage or put a cover over it. Birds poo everywhere, trees drip sap, leaves get stuck in vents, sometimes we get hail in winter months...o wait, we need laws and requirements for these thins too!

(FYI, there are many things one can do to minimize cats in one's yard without having to trap or harm them. Do some simple research if you're that concerned about your car, yard, house, and life being ruined by a cat.)

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Posted by PT resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I have a wonderful neighbor who trapped my cat and threatened to dump it the next time (unlike in the past when he said he used to kill them) 6 months later one of my other cats disappeared and I suspect my wonderful neighbor was to blame. Note I now have a new disposal location for all the decesed vermine that my cat hunts not to mention that I activly trap and dispose any of the grandkid's toys that frequently end up in my yard.

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