It’s a cat-astrophe
Residents get their backs up with claims of cat-napping at Monto aged care home then fur flies as Health Minister steps in
MONTO’S aged care residents have been left shaken by a disturbing cat-napping incident on Monday.
Without any warning, Ridgehaven Aged Care’s two pet cats, Missy and Tommy, were reportedly trapped and relocated to somewhere on Langs Rd.
After distressed elderly residents spent the weekend searching in vain for the two missing felines, the matter has now reached Health Minister Lawrence Springborg’s office.
“It was very distressing to hear that the loved cats of Ridgehaven have gone astray,” said a spokeswoman from the Office of the Health Minister.
“This office understands Queensland Health is fully co-operating with Ridgehaven management to locate the missing cats.”
A BEWILDERING cat abduction from Ridgehaven Aged Care Centre by a Monto Hospital employee has escalated to the office of the Queensland Health Minister.
The four-year-old cats Tommy and Missy were reported missing on Monday, July 7, the same day a feral cat trap was hired from North Burnett Regional Council.
Monto Aged Care Centre president Paul Lobegeier said after an investigation by elderly residents, he understood a hospital staff member had trapped and relocated the cats.
However, the animals’ fate is still unknown.
“We were told on Friday, after a series of other stories, that the cats were caught and relocated to Langs Rd,” Mr Lobegeier said.
Hours of searching on Saturday failed to find them.
“If they (the staff member) really did relocate them, it would be helpful if they would come and mark the exact spot they let the cats go,” Mr Lobegeier said.
“My big concern is that we may have been given false information, which may be giving false hope to so many people.
“Missy and Tommy on many occasions have shared the last moments of life with our residents and their families.”
Monto Hospital is only metres away from Ridgehaven Aged Care facility, so it is possible the cats strayed onto hospital grounds. Ridgehaven staff had not received a complaint from the hospital or Queensland Health about the cats being a nuisance.
A spokeswoman for Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the department was co-operating with Ridgehaven to find the cats.
She said the department had spoken to Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board chairman Dominic Devine, who had offered assurances to Ridgehaven.
The cats were microchipped and desexed.