By Gina Spadafori
January 3, 2007
It creeps me out thatÂ a woman who’d abandon two cats to starve to death in her closed shop was a groomer. Can you imagine what else may have happened to the animals in her care?
The shop, Symply Unique Pet Salon [in suburban Chicago], closed in early December. Once the owner said she wasn’t coming back, the building’s landlord called the Humane Society of Plainfield to ask whether it wanted any of the equipment left behind.
Not a group to pass up a donation, the volunteer-run humane society said yes. Executive Director Meg Kremer accompanied the landlord to the shuttered shop Dec. 12.
Little did they know that, along with the equipment, two white cats were left in the locked-up shop.
“We opened the door to this groom shop and the stench actually brought tears to our eyes,” Kremer said. “The conditions were abominable.
“So the next thing you know, we hear meowing. (The cats) were just panic-stricken. No food, no water, nothing.”
The cats, now named Hugs and Kisses, will be OK and are already up for adoption. Astonishingly, authoritiesÂ have no plans to track down the owner for fine or prosecution.Â Here’s the rest of the piece.