An African Serval Cat which has had residents in Detroit’s east side worried for their safety, was shot and killed. This is according to the feral cat rescue team which has been attempting to find the cat for almost a week.
Local residents who saw the big cat said they reported it to the police and the Michigan Humane Society. Neither of those organisations were prepared to come to find the cat though. The cat was a 3-year-old Savannah cat nicknamed “Chum” and weighed 25 pounds. A savannah cat is a cross between an African servel cat and a domestic cat.
Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek, from the Paws for the Cause feral cat rescue in Chesterfield, said the dead cat was found in a trash can on Monday night.
Wilhelm-Bruzek was not too pleased about the fact the cat was shot dead by residents:
“I think people can’t just go around shooting things they don’t understand. I think we need to be a little bit more respectful of the animals and human beings around us. I’d love to see someone look into it and investigate it. But I’m not holding out a lot of hope. This whole thing from the beginning has just been a mess.”
The cat’s owners contacted Paws for a Cause last week, explaining that their cat, which was not micro-chipped, escaped through an open window in their house about a month ago.
Wilhelm-Bruzek spoke about how she was informed that Chum was in a garbage can: “I simply asked them for the cat’s body and they said it was across the street in a garbage can, and he walked me over to the garbage can, and the cat was there.”
The owners of the African serval cat are reportedly devastated by the loss of their pet, which they had raised since it was four months old.