Hawaii shelter defends cat euthanization

Hawaii shelter defends cat euthanization

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii Island Humane Society is defending its decision to euthanize a cat after its former owner complained on social media.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Alexis Boyett surrendered her 1-year-old cat, Pesh, to HIHS's Keaau shelter. Boyett says Pesh was originally a stray, but she had the animal sterilized and treated for fleas and played with it daily.

Boyett says the shelter assured her that Pesh would be put up for adoption if she was friendly and had no diseases. But the next day, the shelter told Boyett that Pesh had been euthanized.

HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker says Pesh's behavior did not meet socialization standards.

Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director of the Humane Society of the United States, says Boyett relinquished her legal rights by surrendering Pesh.

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