An 8-year-old boy wrote a letter to his local newspaper in Salt Lake City taking adults to task after an animal shelter worker mistakenly allowed his cat to be euthanized.
“Yesterday grown-ups killed my kitty, my best friend,” Rayden Sazama of Logan, Utah, wrote in a letter that appeared in The Herald Journal newspaper. His feline friend, Toothless, slipped outside on Sept. 28 and wound up at an animal shelter.
Rayden’s father found it there, but the 2-year-old black longhair was euthanized after a shelter worker forgot to leave a note on its cage sparing the cat. The shelter had closed for the night when the father, who couldn’t pay the impound fee to take Toothless home, arrived. The worker said he could get the cat the next day. But the worker was busy training a new employee and forgot to write the note.
Rayden “was devastated,” his dad, Jason Sazama, said. “He and the cat were tight. Toothless used to let the kids tug him around and love on him all day.” Rayden wrote the letter with his grandfather and delivered it by hand to the editor. “I was really proud of him for writing the letter,” Sazama said. “He had some closure. He felt like he did something.”
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