Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Critter Control Contracted by Local Fox News Station Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit obtained three warrants for animal cruelty charges against Mr. Keith J. Copi, who operates the company Critter Control. The pest control company was contracted in early June by WRLH Fox 35 to trap and remove a feral cat colony behind the business on Westmorland Street. Last week, bulldozers began plowing through brush that has become home for dozens of feral cats living outside the station. Workers stopped when a large number of cats ran from the brush.

According to a CBS 6 news report, “after a thorough investigation and consultation with the Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney's Office we [the Henrico Police Department] determined that Mr. Copi acted illegally by trapping and then killing the cats. We are not releasing the manner in which the cats were killed as that will be used as evidence against him in court by the Commonwealth Attorney.” Mr. Copi faces up to 12 months in jail and a $2500.00 fine on each charge; he will be arrested later this week.

Alley Cat Rescue is urging our members to contact the following individuals and companies to express your outrage on FOX’s decision to kill the cats instead working with animal organizations to TNR the cats:

Fox Richmond WRLH Channel 35
Phone: (804) 358-3535
General Manager: Steve Genett
Online Feedback Form: http://www.fox35.com/inside/contact.shtml
Mailing Address: 1925 Westmoreland Street, Richmond, VA 23230

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc

Phone: (410) 568-1500
President and CEO: David D. Smith
Online Feedback Form: http://www.sbgi.net/contact/contact.shtml
Mailing Address: 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

And you may also contact the animal control company responsible for killing the cats at:

Critter Control

Telephone: (231) 947-2400
Toll Free: (800) 451-6544
Fax: (231) 947-9440
Address: 9435 E. Cherry Bend Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684
Email: info@crittercontrol.com

The phone number for the local office that killed the cats is:
(804) 674-6621

3 comments:

felinesopher said...

hi there, i came across your blog from facebook, it's a great job you have done for all these darling feline creatures... i hope you'll get more exposure to other cat bloggers so they are aware of all your hard work here, i mean by blogwalking it's going to be more good for your work will be heard; btw usign entrecard.com is also helpful a lot, hope these infos will help...

wish you all the best,

Steve @ EndGame PR said...

I work with Save Our Shelters, one of the organizations involved in the Trap, Neuter and Return effort at the FOX 35 cat colony. We just posted a video overview of the site and the issue. This has been big news in Richmond. You can view the video on the .

To the owners of this blog: If you could post this video on your site, that would be wonderful. We need all of the publicity we can get!

NeereAnDear said...

WHILE I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM AND DONT BELIEVE IN KILLING CATS... I AM ON THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM

I HAVE A NEIGHBOR WHO ALLOWS HER CATS THAT DO NOT HAVE SHOTS OR TAGS TO ROAM ALL OVER MY YARD... I HAVE HER ON TAPE TEACHING THEM TO USE MY YARD AS A LITTER BOX... THEY CLIMB ON OUR CARS... KNOCK OVER PLANTS ETC... I AM ALLERGIC AND HAVE ASKED HER TO KEEP THEM IN HER OWN YARD.. SHE REFUSES... THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE LEAVE YOU WITH NO CHOICE ... I DO NOT MEAN KILLING AN ANIMAL AS THAT IS NOT RIGHT BUT WHEN YOU TAKE THEM TO THE POUND THERE IS A CHANCE THAT MAY HAPPEN... SHE LEAVES THESE ANIMALS IN 20 DEGREE WEATHER OUTSIDE AND THEY CLIMB UNDER MY PORCH TO KEEP WARM... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ... IF YOU HAVE A SOLUTION DO LET ME KNOW WHAT IT IS