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Toronto Animal Services cat euthanasia devastates family

‘Even if you didn’t know him, you’d know straight away he wasn’t a stray’: pet owner Mehry Hadi

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A Toronto family mourns the sudden loss of their 17-year-old cat, who somehow ended up with Toronto Animal Services and euthanized five days later.

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“It’s very, very heartbreaking. My kids grew up with him,” Mehry Hadi said of her outdoor-loving black cat Neo.

“The way it happened is tough. I know he was old and we knew one day he would pass in years to come, but not like this.”

Hadi let Neo out – as he usually did for short periods most days – on the afternoon of April 1.

It was the last time she would see him.

When he didn’t come back after a short while, she started to worry.

The next day she went around looking for him.

For several days, she contacted a neighborhood app, posted posters and asked neighbors near her home near Sheppard Ave. and Bathurst St.

Then someone suggested checking with Animal Services on Sheppard Ave. W.

Neo the cat. PHOTO PROVIDED

This office told him that someone had taken Neo to their shelter in Scarborough and after five days he was euthanized.

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“I was shocked and couldn’t believe it,” she said after finding out about Neo’s sudden death.

“Everyone knew him in the neighborhood. Even if you didn’t know him, you would know right away that he wasn’t a stray.

Toronto Animal Services (TAS) has confirmed that a cat was transferred to East Shelter in Scarborough on April 3.

“TAS confirmed that the cat was approximately 17 years old and extremely thin and dehydrated; supportive care and fluids were provided to the animal,” TAS said in a statement.

The city said it made several attempts to locate its owner, but the cat did not have a registered microchip and did not carry a license.

“After treating the cat and exploring several options for finding a home, the cat was humanely euthanized five days after being at the shelter. This decision was made to relieve the animal’s pain and suffering.

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Under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, shelters are required to keep a stray or lost animal for at least three days.

Hadi wonders why it was deemed necessary to put Neo to sleep just five days after being exposed.

“I can’t stop thinking about how he felt when someone came to pick him up,” she said.

“For me, it was shocking. And at first I felt guilty. I kept thinking, ‘I shouldn’t have let him out.’