FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is seeking the public’s help to identify a man who left an animal outside of the Allen County SPCA overnight.
It happened Wednesday night, when surveillance video spotted the man, who is white and was wearing a brown long-sleeved shirt with a camouflage pattern on the sleeves, dark pants, and black shoes, leaving a cat inside a pet carrier outside the shelter at about 8:35pm.
The animal was found the next morning by shelter staff and is currently in the care of Animal Care & Control.
If you recognize the man or his vehicle, call the FWACC at 427-1244 or CrimeStoppers at 436-STOP.
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control later released the following statement:
“We have been fielding a lot of questions about the photos and press release sent out today regarding an animal left outside of the Allen County SPCA after hours. While the Allen County SPCA is an animal shelter it was closed at the time. Leaving any living creature unsupervised out in the elements with no provisions is not the humane solution. There are proper and legal channels to relinquish a pet or drop off a stray animal. Had this person gone through the correct channels and contacted Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control or took the cat to the Allen County SPCA during business hours this cat would not have spent 10 hours outside on a night that thunderstorms moved through our area. Thankfully, this animal was found by staff the next morning and is in the care of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.
As a public safety agency, we work hard to protect the citizens in our community and give a voice to the voiceless. Our enforcement division does not take animal cruelty and abandonment lightly. It’s important for us to speak with the person in this video so we can fully understand why this animal was left outside of a closed business.
If a person does need to relinquish ownership of their animal or drop off a stray animal they can contact our office at 427-1244, option 1 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday – Friday or 449-3000 outside of those hours or on weekends.”