When we walked up to a home in Evergreen, we saw a cat peeking out the front door. Neighbors have been calling our newsroom and saying it has been in trouble.
They say the cat has been home alone for quite some time – and want animal control to take action. They’re not sure how much food or water the pet has.
A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the man who owns the cat is a truck driver who said he was stuck in the floods in Louisiana.
The cat is in a home tucked away behind a mountainside neighborhood. People in the area say they haven’t seen anyone at the house in three weeks.
There were notices from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control Section and the State’s Bureau of Animal Control on the door. Officers had left four notes since Aug. 11. Neighbors believe the cat had been there much longer.
“We all just wanted to break in and rescue it and take it to the Jefferson County shelter,” neighbor Cleo Boyd said.
Boyd says neighbors tried to email the man who lives in the house – as well as his girlfriend -- but to no avail. They also tried calling their phones, but didn’t get a response. So, Boyd called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Evergreen’s Animal Justice Center.
“The first thing we need to do is get this poor animal out of the house,” Alexandria Kilmon, who heads the Evergreen Animal Justice Center, said,” and then we’ll see what kind of condition it’s in.”
The man who owns the cat assured deputies the animal has plenty of food and water. He is overnighting a key to the house so officers can go into the home and take the cat to a shelter on Wednesday.
No charges will be filed, the sheriff’s office said, since it doesn’t seem like the cat is in any “distress.”
But neighbors, many of whom have pets themselves, say the cat should not have been left alone for so long.