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.
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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: