Cat that closed Glen Burnie school moved to animal rescue shelter

  • Stephanie the cat
Stephanie the cat (Photo courtesy Rude Ranch…)
September 05, 2014|ByJoe Burris, The Baltimore Sun

Officials at an animal rescue center in Harwood said Friday they are housing the feral cat that last week prompted closure of Richard Henry Lee Elmentary School in Glen Burnie.

Anne Arundel County school officials had spotted the cat last Friday and, after failing to capture it, closed the school over concerns that students might be bitten or scratched.

The cat was finally caught Sept. 2 by county animal control officials.

On Friday, officials from Rude Ranch Animal Rescue in Harwood, a volunteer-based nonprofit, said animal rescue had brought the feline to its facility. Rude Ranch officials said that the cat
has been quarantine and will be spayed and vaccinated.

“We want to make sure she is healthy and has no lasting damage from being trapped without food or water for several days,” said Katherine Evans Rude, president of Rude Ranch, in a press release. “Once we’ve ensured she’s healthy, we will find her a home."

Rude Ranch officials said the facility houses and provides medical care to animals until they’re given permanent homes.

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