UPDATE — 8/15/2019:
According to the NY Post, the owners are now saying: “We have no plans for euthanization at this time. As long as he isn’t suffering we’ll continue to work on a treatment plan for him.”
UPDATE — 8/14/2019:
On Monday, police came to the home that Ms. Katz shares with her husband, which they claimed was for “an unrelated outstanding bench warrant.” And unfortunately, they used the opportunity to seize Tigger.
“My husband was home and they pushed their way in,” recalls Katz, in between sobs. “I’m afraid they may kill Tigger.”
When asked about the incident, Katz’s attorney Carolyn Sanchez declares that this recent incident is clearly an “abuse of process”…
“For them to go to this length to threaten someone with arrest on an unrelated matter to convince them to turn over the cat is just wrong, plain and simple.” — Carolyn Sanchez
Tigger has since been returned to the Berman family, who both refused to comment on the cat’s whereabouts or their future plans for him.
The Nassau County Police department claims this was just business as usual for the officers seeking out Mr. Katz regarding the warrant: “No one has heard anything about the cat.”
UPDATE — 7/6/2019:
After Katz again plead her case to the judge, she was ordered to come back with the appropriate medical documentation showing that Tigger is in good health with only senior-related health concerns.
The cat’s original owners demanded Nassau County Judge Rhonda Fischer to force Ms. Katz to return Tigger immediately, but the judge quickly denied their request. Judge Fisher has decided that the cat’s current state of health must be assessed before she makes her final decision: “Either this is worked out and we decide who is going to get custody of this cat … or medical records show this cat is in pain and suffering.”
Both parties are due back in court on August 14, 2019.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW FROM 7/2/2019:
For many of us, the thought of euthanizing our cats is something that brings us immense heartache. And by saying this, I mean that it is strictly reserved for purposes when the cat is truly suffering and there is no quality of life left.
For a couple out of Long Island, NY, such was…and is…not the case. You see, Julie and Russell Berman once had a cat named Tigger, that is, until their now former nanny was caught on camera stealing the cat from their home.
But what would possess a woman to do such a thing? Well, according to her claims, the family had intentions to euthanize sweet Tigger because they no longer wanted to do with the “problems” he was giving them. The former nanny of six years, Rebecca Katz, reportedly took the cat one day before its scheduled euthanasia, according to CBS News New York reports.
What was her motive, you might be wondering? Well, according to Ms. Katz, the super senior kitty of 15 years of age was presented as nothing but a burden to the family, and on several occasions she would overhear Mrs. Berman saying that Tigger was a “bad boy” and that he was “going to get the needle” for his actions, even going so far as to make these remarks in front of her children.
Feeling she had no other choice, Ms. Katz took Tigger in her care, leaving a detailed note as to why:
“I left a note on their kitchen counter basically saying, ‘I’m sorry I can’t let you do this. Let me give you the break you deserve.
Despite the fact that Tigger was set to be euthanized that very next day due to what the Berman’s believed was “due to many medical issues and our pet living in pain over the recent months,” as stated in court documents; he still remains in the care of Ms. Katz as court proceedings have not yet been finalized.
Ms. Kats, however, insists Tigger is “not terminally ill,” although she does acknowledge that he experiences common senior cat health issues.
Immediately upon his catnapping, the Berman’s contacted their local authorities and Katz, 33, was charged with petit larceny earlier last month after surrendering herself to authorities. The two parties are set to meet in court today, August 2, 2019.
Just yesterday the husband spoke out, stating that: “We just want our cat returned back to our family so we can move on from this situation.”
What do you think the judge should decide? We will keep you updated with the latest mews on little Tigger.
Feature Image Courtesy of New York Post
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