Most cats aren’t known for their love of water, but one suspected kitty might be the guilty party in turning on a water faucet at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach.
Reportedly, the errant cat has caused around $5,000 damage by turning on the water faucet in the non-profit/no-kill animal shelter.
While staff members are not 100 percent sure which cat is the guilty party, they have a pretty good idea, as one six-month-old feline is well known to love playing in sinks. The cat has since, reportedly, found a new home and the Florida Humane Society isn’t giving out any names.
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What the cat did was to turn on a water faucet at the non-profit animal shelter, which was then running full blast for 17 hours, completely flooding the premises.
According to the International Business Times, Carol Ebert, president of the Florida Humane Society, got a call at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, informing her that water was pouring out the back door of the facility, which is located on North Powerline Road.
Reportedly staff members initially assumed that a water pipe had burst. However, once they got inside to survey the damage, they found the flood had been caused by a water faucet in the cat room that had somehow magically been turned on.
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Terry Arbour, a volunteer at the animal shelter said, “We can’t be sure which cat did it, because we don’t have cameras in there, but we have a good idea because there was one younger female cat who really liked playing in sinks.”
A cat turned on water faucet and flooded the Florida Humane Society, causing $5,000 damage https://t.co/g75L1h6r4L
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As reported by the Miami Herald, Arbour went on to say, “There was a tall spout in that sink that moves around, and the cat somehow was able to turn it on. It’s possible there was collusion from others, but she probably had something to do with it.”
Arbour said the errant kitty has since been adopted from the Florida animal shelter, but they did warn the new owners that “this cat is intelligent enough to turn on water faucets.”
Some of the cats needed to be relocated while staff members went about the necessary repairs. The flood had left around three to four inches of standing water, which has damaged the floors, walls and cabinets in the shelter, with eight rooms affected in total.
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The Florida Humane Society said they also lost a large amount of cat food and cat litter in the flood, and the overall damage is estimated to be around $5,000.
Luckily for the 30 cats in residence at the time of the flood, there were no injuries as they were all safe and dry up on counter tops and sleeping perches. It was also lucky that the cages for the kittens are kept up high, so none of the young cats were affected.
Arbour said they cannot imagine what their next water bill is going to look like and added that the facility is seeking donations and foster homes for the remaining cats.