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Lost Pet Cat Euthanized By Animal Services While Owners Continued Search

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File photo of a cat in a cage at an animal shelter. (Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images for WSPA)

File photo of a cat in a cage at an animal shelter. (Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images for WSPA)

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The owners of a cat who had gotten lost were devastated when they learned that local animal service workers had recovered – then euthanized – the animal.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Sophie, the cat belonging to area resident Lisa Storey, escaped from her home on Feb. 17. Storey immediately began searching for the animal.

Three days later, other area residents who had found and fed Sophie for two days brought her to Orange County Animal Services for better care.

What workers saw, however, was an “extremely emaciated” and “lethargic” animal without identification tags, according to Animal Services spokeswoman Diane Summers. Sophie’s condition led workers to the decision that she had to be euthanized, in accordance with county rules.

On Feb. 21 and 22, Storey went to Animal Services to see if anyone had turned her cat in and was told that no one had. It was days before Storey learned the fate of her beloved pet.

“It’s very upsetting,” Storey said to the Sentinel. “I feel like they didn’t even give her a chance.”

She continued: “It’s not right for somebody’s cat to be put to sleep for no reason — although in the vet’s eyes there were [reasons].”

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