PETITION TARGET: Rosenberg Police and Animal Control Officers
UPDATE (6/27/2023): We sent our petition, signed by more than 42,000 people, to the Rosenberg police and animal control departments. We learned from Rosenberg PD Assistant Police Chief Jarret Nethery that police weren’t able to identify the perpetrators, although they canvassed the area, tracked down video surveillance, and used a license plate camera database to try to match up the people with details on the vehicle. Happily, however, King Triton has found an adoptive home!
Nethery said that after arriving at the Rosenberg Animal Control shelter, King Triton was diagnosed with cryptorchidism and vestibular disease, which caused him to lean or fall to one side sometimes. He underwent surgery and medical treatment and was placed with a medical foster, who later was in the process of finalizing his adoption.
“While I definitely would have liked to have identified the persons who dumped him at the park, it’s comforting to know that as a direct result of efforts of staff and volunteers, his condition and his situation have been vastly improved,” Nethery said. “King Triton remains a Rosenberg Animal Control shelter staff favorite.”
Thank you to everyone who signed our petition for this sweet cat. We’re glad he found a forever home, and we will keep advocating for justice for animals! —Lady Freethinker Staff
A young, healthy cat now named King Triton was locked in a cat carrier, dumped into a trash can, and abandoned at a park in Rosenberg, Texas —giving him no way to escape or survive had rescuers not found him, according to news reports.
City security cameras caught a woman who arrived at the Seabourne Creek Nature Park casually discarding the carrier into the trash can and then driving off — leaving King Triton with no access to food or water and little likelihood of rescue, according to Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter Director Omar Polio.
“If no one would have seen this happening, that cat would have been in that container in that trash can with no access to food, (or) water,” Polio said. “Not acceptable.”
Local authorities are still searching for the woman, who was driving a dark-colored Ford Focus.
No cat deserves to be cruelly abandoned— especially in ways that would likely lead to prolonged suffering and death. Authorities must treat this act of intentional abandonment and neglect with the severity it deserves.
Sign our petition urging Rosenberg police and animal control officers to use all available resources to find the individual(s) responsible, forward any applicable animal cruelty charges on to a prosecutor, and push for full accountability — including a maximum ban on owning animals to prevent any future acts of neglect.