If you found a bunch of feral kitties in your back yard, what would you do? Put food out for them? Try to tame them? Train them to be your evil minions of the night? Perhaps call Animal Control if they were a bit aggressive or sick?
The last option was the one that an Ohio woman decided on when she found a whole family of feral cats living in her woodpile [link]. They were aggressive and covered in fleas, and she had a bunch of kids, so she what any sensible parent would do. Called Animal Control and asked them to come take them away.
But when the Animal Control guy came, instead of capturing them and removing them, he decided to euthanize them right there on the property.
Um ... okay, I could see how that might be necessary. If they were aggressive it might not be safe to remove them. So he must have had some sort of humane way of doing it right?
Yeah ... no. Turns out that "euthanize them on the property" meant take out a gun and shoot the mother cat and the five kittens right there. In plain sight of the house. While the woman's kids were watching.
Sometimes the stupidity and thoughtlessness of some people just blows me away. Seriously? Shooting kittens in front of a bunch of kids? Are you trying to traumatise them so much they'll need years of therapy to get over it, Mr Animal Control Guy?
And as for the cats, I can accept that sometimes it's necessary to put them down. I don't like it, but I can accept it. But to do it in such a cruel and callous way is just completely unacceptable.
As such, I hereby award you my Douchebag of the Week award. Congratulations, I don't know if it would have even been possible for you to be more of an asshole.
Edit: It was pointed out to me by KP that I'd misinterpreted the article and this guy didn't work for the SPCA. He actually worked for Animal Control. I've since altered the post to correct this. So my apologies to the OSPCA, I can only blame it on the fact that I'm Australian and didn't understand the difference in departments.