Date: 2005-06-14 13:58:00
Tags: animals
poor kitty
This morning when I left home, I saw a cat that had probably been hit by a car, lying in the middle of the street in front of my house. It was definitely dead. I recognized this cat as an outdoor cat that I often saw around the neighborhood, and it had regularly used my porch as a shady spot to relax.

I looked for a collar and while there was a collar lying beside the cat, there was no tag. I don't know whether the cat never had a tag or whether somebody had already removed it. I don't know which house the cat calls home, either.

I went home at lunch and the cat was still there. I flipped through the phone book looking for somebody to call, and called the Williamson County Humane Society. I said I was in Round Rock so they gave me the Round Rock Animal Control number instead. I called and left a message there (it's actually a branch of the city police department). A few minutes later they called me back, but apparently where I live is not within the jurisdiction of the Round Rock police department, so they couldn't directly help me. They gave me the number of the Williamson County animal control department.

I called Williamson County, and after being on hold for five minutes found that they had given me the regular dispatch number. I explained that there was a dead cat in front of my street and I was trying to reach animal control. The dispatcher told me that while they do have an animal control department, it only controls animals that aren't dead. For dead animal removal, the Roads and Bridges department will remove large animals (deer etc) that are blocking a roadway, but not anything as small as a cat.

Everybody I talked to was sympathetic to the problem, but bureaucracy doesn't let any of them do anything about it. I hope the owner finds their cat soon.
geeze, enough run-around there?
the appropriate action to take is to use your own shovel. Most municipalities do not have the resources to take care of small roadkill.
I absolutely adore you for that. I don't know many people who would go to the trouble.

It's always been one of my fears to have one of my pets hit by a car, and find out about it by driving by it. I also worry about how traumatic it would be for the girls to see it. Thankfully, when my Peanut was hit by a car last December, I was able to get him off the road, and they didn't have to see him like that.

I just hope whoever belongs to the cat you found, doesn't have to find him like that. =o(
Dude. Scoop it up in a trash sack and, if you must, give it a decent burial in your backyard. Like the man says, "It's over, Johnny!". The longer you wait the less you'll be able to breathe.

So lookie here. I met someone at a family reunuion three weeks ago tomorrow. She works at the ranch where we had the reunion (not related). We're gonna get married next may assuming we are speaking. I'm looking for work in san antonio, gonna move down with her in bandera out in the woods. As soon as I find work I'll settle up. Hope things are well in Hewglittville... :-)
Well, the cat vanished by the time I got home that afternoon.

And wow. Bandera sure is way the hell out there.
While in Maryland we witnessed a dog getting struck while in traffic. My friend, who was driving, immediately pulled over and tried to render aid to the poor guy. (She is/was very fond of dogs and had three of her own.)

It was really heart wrenching as there was nothing to be done. And the dog was growling and didn't want anyone near.

The owner lived nearby and came out and saw what had happened. She was extremely distraught. My friend helped carry the dead body in a blanket.

On a related note, I found a bat in the clothes dryer here a couple of years ago. Had a heck of a time finding someone to retrieve him (well, turned out to be a her).

Mr. Bat had lost one wing membrane and was so tiny and sad. Fortunately, I did not touch him because had I done so, they would have had to put him down and run tests for rabies.
Greg Hewgill <>