Two stray cats featured in a Sun Sentinel story this week about a woman fined for feeding them now have a new home.
Suzanne Boisvenue, a cat lover and Oakland Park commissioner, raced to their rescue Wednesday.
She got help from Gretchen Sheehan, the Deerfield Beach woman fined $50 after a Pompano Beach official caught her feeding the cats — a daily task she took on three years ago.
Boisvenue said she got a surprise when she took her new pets to the vet. Sampson, thought to be male, is actually female. So is Cinnamon.
Both cats seem content in their new home, Boisvenue said.
"Cinnamon came up and wanted to be petted last night," Boisvenue said. "She was meowing and meowing and so happy. She is very lovable."
Sheehan, 72, has received an outpouring of sympathy and offers of donations since the story ran.
Three readers – including an attorney from Georgia -- promised to send checks.
Fort Lauderdale's Walter Shaw plans to send a donation.
"This is unbelievable they would give this woman a ticket for trying to save the life of an animal," he said.
Pompano Beach has been getting complaints since the story was featured last week on WSVN-Ch. 7's "Help Me Howard."
City Hall has no plans to reverse the ban on the feeding of stray dogs and cats, spokeswoman Sandra King said.
Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies in Washington D.C., condemned the city's use of hidden video cameras to catch and fine cat feeders.
"All they are going to catch is a good Samaritan carrying out an act of compassion," Robinson said. "And that should be embraced — not fined."
While domesticated felines can be rescued, feral cats have not been socialized and cannot be adopted, Robinson said.
She advocates the use of trap, neuter and return programs that allow feral cats to live out their lives outdoors.
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