Department Miscommunication Aided In Death Of Stray Cat

A Greene County woman says a cat died in a trap set by animal control, even after she called multiple times for someone to pick it up. Now she thinks someone should be held responsible.

The Greene County Health Department says the trap was set because of a nearby house overpopulated with bats. They say trapping stray animals that come in contact with bats will help prevent the spread of rabies to humans.

Kasey Combs discovered the cat while playing outside with her kids. She says animal control was closed, but that the sheriff's office told her they'd send someone out.

"I want to be assured that no more animals are going to die this way," says Combs. "At the very least, I think whoever's at fault should lose their job."

Health Department Director Michael Rhodes says a miscommunication between local departments led to the cat's death.

Rhodes says the traps are important in preventing the spread of rabies. Now, although, they will only trap in the evenings. We're told animal control will also be more vigilant about removing the traps.

Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith says no charges will be filed in the incident. Rhodes says it will serve as a learning experience.

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