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Hau Kea's tormentor

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Some of you will remember me posting about our seal mink bengal, Hau Kea.

The breeder who is responsible for Hau Kea's death commited suicide. Apparently shortly after her 55 bengals were seized. Her body was discovered in her home 20 days after her death.

I feel bad for her that she had no one checking on her for that long, but I'm very angry with her for not reaching out to the bengal breeder community for help before this situation escalated out of control.

If she had, Hau Kea would likely be alive today.
post #2 of 14
How sad for everyone involved, her, you and of course Hau Kea. It's truly sad how some folks just don't have the strength, mentally and physically to get out of bad situations. May she, Hau Kea and all those other unfortunate kitties rest in peace now.
post #3 of 14
How very sad. It sounds to me like she had some serious mental illness problems. The unfortunate truth is that all too often people with mental illness fall through the cracks. I am sorry for your loss of the cat, and I know that her commiting suicide only adds additional emotional difficulties.
post #4 of 14
Sigh, a tragedy all the way around, Nial. RIP to all those beautiful kitties who suffered in her care.

I agree that she obviously had mental health issues. Most hoarders do.
post #5 of 14
How very sad. I'm so sorry that we found out too late about the situation to save Hau Kea.....I was so looking forward to being part of the rescue operation, and meeting that beautiful little boy. This woman's death only compounds an already desperately sad situation.
post #6 of 14
I can understand your mixed emotions Nial. It's sad she took her own life, but she wasn't thinking about the poor cats lives when she did her deed
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
How sad for everyone involved, her, you and of course Hau Kea. It's truly sad how some folks just don't have the strength, mentally and physically to get out of bad situations. May she, Hau Kea and all those other unfortunate kitties rest in peace now.
Amen. Mental health affects far more than just the sufferer.
post #8 of 14
It sounds like she had Mental problems but still what she did to all those cats is terrible.
Its sad she commited suicide but she let all those cats die.
I feel bad for everyone that trusted her with thier cats but do not feel sorry for her.
post #9 of 14
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One of the things that makes me very angry, is that animal control had allowed her to keep 3 bengals. After learning of her death (she had been dead 20 days), they went back to get the remaining 3.
One was dead, one ran out the front door and disappeared and the other is either dead or holed up where it can't be found.

Her death is suspected as an overdose of prescription meds. I'm sure there is some possibility she didn't intentionally kill herself, but if she did, she didn't think what would become of the 3 remaining cats.
post #10 of 14
What a sad, sad situation all around.

RIP all you beautiful kitties
post #11 of 14
I can barely stand to read this stuff. Mental illness is frightening, and it is sad that no one cared for that woman, but to me it is even more sad what happened to all those cats.
post #12 of 14
I've suffered badly with mental illness myself in my past. It was always my cats and concern for them that helped me through. I wish the same was true for this lady. Lol, in the event of my demise I don't trust my own husband to provide the same care I would!
post #13 of 14
me too. There's moments, even recent when I've thought of harming myself, but then I snapped out of it when I thought of my kitties. Now, I have two people (mom or sis) that have agreed to take in my babies (you know, because we never know if something may happen to us like accident, illness, etc.), but I know it won't be the same for them. My cats are my babies. Now, I do get treatment like some on this site probably do as well, but the cats are what help me keep on going.
post #14 of 14
What a terrible tragedy.
Mental illness is a no fault disease.
The agencies, in that womans area, failed her and the cats.
There should be an investigation about what went wrong, then appropriate changes made, so that something like this never happens again.

Rest in peace babies.
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