Cat-Napper or Feline Friend? A Woman Is Arrested After Trying to Rescue a Sick Cat
An interesting article posted to the New York Daily News website today offers a prime example of the complex nature of right and wrong and the difference between legality and morality. One police man’s cat-napper is another cat lover’s hero!
What do you think? Was justice served? And if not, how could it be? Read on and weigh in.
This past Sunday, Nancy Glassman (pictured above with her own kitty, Lovely) stopped into Bagels & Co. to use the restroom when she noticed a black and white cat with ears that were swollen up like balloons. “They looked five times too big,” said Nancy who was immediately concerned with his well being.
An adamant cat lover, she had just managed to snap a photo to show a vet before a worker noticed her, quickly grabbed a broom, and shooed the cat away to the back of the store.
Now they’re trying to hide him?!
Nancy wasn’t going to let them get away with neglecting care that easily.
“What’s wrong with the cat?” she pressed the worker. The worker, clearly uncomfortable with the confrontation refused to answer. Instead, he shrugged, pointed at the back door, and challenged her. You have a problem? “Take the cat!” he exclaimed.
When you see something like that, what else are you supposed to do?
As she told the Daily News “I’m gonna help. I can’t see walking away.” Whether or not he actually expected her to take him up on the offer, Nancy, by now fully incensed, did just that. She bent down, took the kitty into her arms, went out the back door, and immediately brought him to an animal clinic for treatment. If they couldn’t be bothered to care for the poor little guy, she would.
She had been home waiting for the vet’s call for two hours when detectives from NYPD’s 19th Precinct rang the bell. Justice! Obviously, those store owners were going to have to answer for their negligence, right? When Nancy opened the door and was asked to come identify the cat, she was happy to oblige. “I thought they were investigating the owner of the store,” she told reporters. That was, until she was handcuffed, arrested, and locked in jail for the night.
She couldn't believe what was happening.
“I thought I did nothing wrong...So, if I see a child or an animal that’s in distress, I’m supposed to just leave them there?”
“Yup,” said the officer, “You just leave it and call 911.”
Despite a clean record and her good intentions, Nancy is currently being charged with felony burglary and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Despite their negligence and the fact that keeping cats in a store is a sanitary violation, the black and white cat, Costco was apprehended from the clinic and returned to his owner without care.
While an outraged public has been pleading for Nancy and her attorney, Peter Gleason, says “The charges need to be dropped and an apology issued,” the NYPD remain unmoved. One even cracked a pun while publicly addressing questions about the case. “There’s no pussyfooting around it… You can’t just walk into a store and walk out with someone else’s cat — or any other property for that matter.”
Youal Aroety, the worker who called the police, couldn’t be reached for comment, but reporters quickly uncovered his reason for keeping the cat in the first place. Among a long list of other violations, city health inspection records found evidence of rodents just weeks before the incident.
According to the vets that saw Costco, he has a congenital deformity and is so ill, he will likely die soon. Whether he finally gets the home he deserves before that happens, the store owners are cited for health violations and neglect, and Nancy is pardoned from her charges, are all questions that remain to be seen.