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Cat Lady sues San Anto


Here inspecting a cat trap used to catch feral cats after a 2007 City raid on her home-based shelter, D'Ann Trethan is now suing for damages related to the raid.

Greg Harman

It's been a while since staff here feasted on “the cat lady's” cake. Dear D'Ann Trethan has been understandably enamored with the Current since we ran a good-sized story about the city of San Antonio's SWAT-like home invasion of her cat rescue one year and two HEB “thank you” cakes ago.

But what have we done for her lately, right?

Today, we are pleased to say we have a genuinely newsworthy reason to shine our little newslight on D'Ann again: After months of anguish and lament, she is finally taking the City to court.

In a suit to be filed this week, Trethan alleges former City Animal Control officer Eddie Wright ordered her to remove all her cats from her home-based shelter, “For the Love of Animals,” a run-down rental home north of the airport that has since been demolished. Wright's order came on September 5, 2007. Without warning, he returned the next day with backup, kicked in the door, and took nearly 50 cats out of the home.

We quote (a journalistic trick to conserve mind power):

“Plaintiff was given notice of an administrative hearing which was going to be held on the 19th day of September â?¦ to determine the disposition of the cats. Prior to the hearing which was scheduled for September 19, 2007, the City of San Antonio exterminated all the Plaintiff's cats.”

Before you jump on me over this one, I admit, yes, the sanctuary was pretty foul. Trethan has been called a “hoarder” by more than one animal lover. But she is also staunchly defended by others that well know what the underfunded feline lover was up against. That is, a city awash in strays.

But you don't need to to convince you on that point. In fact, you don't need me at all. Here's D'Ann in her own words:

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