Investigating Westfield Homeless Cat Project, Part 1: Crazy Cat Lady Runs Questionable Cat Shelter, Takes Credit For Good Samaritans Spending Hours Digging A Kitten Out Of A Storm Drain So She Could Adopt It Out For $400
“WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A kitten was rescued from inside a gutter drain in West Springfield Thursday morning.
According to West Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Steven Manchino, a kitten was trapped in a six-inch PVC pipping that extends 20 to 30 feet into the ground behind the Dinn Brothers business on Interstate Drive Wednesday night.
According to the Westfield Homeless Cat Project Adoptions, the kitten, who they named piper, was rescued around 6:30 a.m. from a pipe that was six feet underground. The kitten was 30 feet into the pipe.
Bill Colson of Bill’s Sewer and Drain helped get the kitten out of the pipe.
Manchino told 22News that himself, and four other members of the fire department, spent two hours on Wednesday evening trying to get the kitten out. He said they popped manhole covers in the area, but could not remove the cat.
The Fire Department left food and dropped a rope with knots on it into the pipe so the kittens could climb out on their own.”
Heartwarming, isn’t it? Well, maybe it would be….if true. But the reality of the situation is a little different….
The cat was eventually recovered with the Dinn Brothers’ blessing, no thanks to Denise Sinico and her “cat shelter”, who didn’t want the town or animal rescue involved……
….So they could later put the kitten up for adoption, for a reported $400. Cash only.
When confronted with the facts being put out in a very public Facebook post, Denise went into full damage control mode, claiming to have no prior knowledge of what had transpired, despite being named in the police report, and the original post coming from a post made to her shelter’s Facebook page.
The deflection, the defensive reaction, the insistence that all she does is good, philanthropic work despite comments like this popping up:
Sound familiar? Apparently, according to one comment, the cat shelter was even a….daycare previously.
This is a lot of information to process through, so this is going to have to part one in a multi part series. Tomorrow we’ll get into some of the allegations of the shelter’s adoption procedures, condition, and history. I’ve tried to reach out to Denise for comment with no luck thus far, though my messages might be in her filtered folder, to be fair. If she sees this and would like to comment, I can be reached at [email protected]