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Boy: 'Grown-Ups Killed My Kitty'

8-year-old pens a heartbreaking letter after a shelter mistakenly euthanizes his cat.

By Vetstreet Oct 9, 2012 8:27PM

By Shayna Meliker

A Utah boy's tragedy is pulling at heartstrings across the world, thanks to a letter that the 8-year-old wrote to his local newspaper about his cat's untimely death. Rayden Sazama composed the note after his pet, Toothless, was mistakenly euthanized by the Cache Humane Society — after the boy's father turned up at the shelter to claim the cat.

"Yesterday grown-ups killed my kitty, my best friend, when they weren’t supposed to," wrote Rayden.

In the letter, published in The Herald Journal, Rayden lays out the sad turn of events that led to his cat's demise: He and his 5-year-old brother began to worry when Toothless didn't return home for two days, prompting them to go door to door through their neighborhood to ask people if they'd seen the cat.

Though none of the neighbors admitted to seeing Toothless, the family would later find out that some neighbors had actually played a part in the kitty's disappearance.

"I didn’t think big people lied because they are grown ups and know what is right," wrote Rayden. "Now I don’t know what to do."

Once it was determined that Toothless was missing, Rayden's father went to a local animal shelter just as it was closing — and there was Toothless, with his big green eyes and fluffy black fur, sitting inside a cage.

"When my dad made his funny meow sound that he does to make him come home, Toothless jumped up and came to the screen and rubbed up against it and was so happy to see my dad, and he wasn’t scared anymore," noted Rayden.

A Bureaucratic Mistake Leads to Devastating Results

The shelter wouldn't allow Rayden's father to take the cat home until he paid a fee at the shelter's office the next day, but one of the employees assured him that he could pick up Toothless then.

But when Rayden's dad returned the next day, the shelter informed him that they didn't have any fluffy black cats. Cache Humane Society Director Brenda Smith confirmed to The Herald Journal that an employee had neglected to write on Toothless' cage that his family had claimed him.

"She had forgotten to leave a note to tell the people my dad would be there for Toothless and they had just killed my cat that morning," wrote Rayden. "She had just forgotten to write a note to save a member of my family. They killed him and I don't know why."

And there was even more to the story: Rayden's family ultimately found out that neighbors who didn't like animals had trapped Toothless and had him taken to the shelter.

Rayden's mother, Tiandra Sazama, says that her son thinks it's neat that so many people are hearing his story — and if anything positive comes out of this tragedy, it's the valuable lessons that Rayden has learned.

"We realize that it's been good for Rayden, who's learned forgiveness," she says. "He went to the shelter and talked to the lady, and told her that he's not mad. He's learned that it's good to speak out about how you feel."

For its part, the Cache Humane Society posted this mea culpa on its Facebook page:

"The Sazama family was offered a new cat as part of the formal, in-person apology that was given to them. They turned it down saying they wanted to wait a while. The offer for them to get a new cat is on the table for them whenever they are ready to get one.”

Other Tales of Preventable Tragedy

This isn't the first time that accidentally euthanized pets have wound up in the headlines.

Last month, a Massachusetts woman took her cat to the vet for a flea treatment, and she was unknowingly given the wrong paperwork — the forms she signed actually instructed the vet to put down the 8-year-old cat.

And in 2010, a war hero named Target was euthanized by mistake at an Arizona shelter. After helping prevent a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, the German Shepherd mix was adopted by an Army sergeant. When Target escaped from her new home, the dog was put down by a shelter just days later — even though she was never scheduled for euthanasia.

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Oct 11, 2012 3:14AM
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all the more reason for people to "chip" their animals, have their beloved pets wear license tags with owner ph. # on them.  animals are animals.  humans are supposed to be the smart ones......
Oct 11, 2012 2:35AM
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Who are these evil bastards that trapped the kitty and took him to be killed?
Oct 11, 2012 2:01AM
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Thats so sad!! I would also like the public to be aware that most shelters SUGAR COAT EUTHANIZED!! Example.... GASSED a horrible DEATH that needs to STOP! Yes the USA STILL does this cruel death. Only 18 States do not!!!!!  BE their VOICES and HELP STOP THIS!!!!!!  Look this up and learn.

Oct 11, 2012 1:52AM
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i would've demanded payback and had them arrested
Oct 11, 2012 1:00AM
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If you find yourself in the Dad's situation, demand that you get your pet back and cite these "accidental euthanizations."  Ask for the manager's or mayor's telephone number and refuse to  leave until you get the phone number and/or your pet.  If the shelter people call the police, you can make your one call to the mayor!
Oct 11, 2012 12:54AM
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All shelters should be NO kill shelters!  Support your local humane societies!
Oct 11, 2012 12:44AM
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whats up with the dirt bag neighbors! I am not a fan of cats but I sure as hell wouldnt do what those devious bastards did to the kids cat.
Oct 11, 2012 12:32AM
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It is important to have your cat or dog implanted with a microchip.  
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