Do­ing fine

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Fam­ily adopts four of the kit­tens res­cued from a brook last week in Elms­dale.

Heidi Chais­son re­ally wasn’t look­ing for a kit­ten to adopt; she al­ready had four.

The St. Louis woman and her 12-year-old son, Lu­cas, just went along for the ride when her daugh­ter, Brit­tany Betts of Mimine­gash, went to the Dunn fam­ily farm in Elms­dale last week to adopt kit­tens the Dunn broth­ers had just res­cued from a brook.

Betts took two of the kit­tens and the Chais­sons gath­ered up two more. Lu­cas chose a grey one and Chais­son chose an or­ange one that didn’t look to be do­ing so well.

“As soon as I picked it up, it cud­dled right in,” Chais­son said.

Nine kit­tens had been dumped into a brook along a quiet one-lane dirt road in Elms­dale last Tues­day. Gary Dunn ob­served some­one car­ry­ing two buck­ets down to the brook and then rush­ing away. He went to in­ves­ti­gate and dis­cov­ered nine kit­tens in the wa­ter, He and his broth­ers res­cued them. Six sur­vived.

“They’re all do­ing fine,” Chais­son re­ported on the four she, her son and her daugh­ter adopted. Chais­son and her son named their new kit­tens Skid and Skit­tles.

“They’re well looked af­ter,” she re­ported. They sleep with Lu­cas.

Re­ports about the at­tempted drown­ing and the sub­se­quent res­cue have gen­er­ated much dis­cus­sion and out­rage, Chais­son ac­knowl­edged.

“It is a hor­ri­ble thing,” she said. “He could have just put it on Face­book (that he had kit­tens to give away).”

Chais­son, who works at a cof­fee shop, said there was even a woman in this week look­ing for a kit­ten. “They’re hard to find.” Const. Greg Thomas with the West Prince RCMP said a necropsy has been per­formed on two kit­tens that didn’t sur­vive. Re­sults are not yet known. A ninth kit­ten es­caped dur­ing the res­cue and hasn’t been re­cov­ered.

Thomas said wit­nesses have been in­ter­viewed in con­nec­tion with the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.


Nine kit­tens were dumped into a brook along a dirt road in Elms­dale last week. Six sur­vived the or­deal.

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