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[Feb. 9th, 2011|06:12 pm]
kyle cassidy
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I'd posted a few days back about the fire at the Widmere apartment building and the pet rescue that was going on. Things have taken an ill turn. While a number of missing pets have been spotted inside the building, in the windows of their own apartments, and in the building by security guards, the city is refusing to let rescue workers into the building and is scheduled to demolish it, with these pets still trapped inside.

I know the thought of someone taking a wrecking ball to my place with Roswell and the others still inside would be worse than losing any of my material possessions.


Time: Saturday, February 12 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location 4800 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Created By: City Kitties Rescue
More Info One month after the fire, cats are STILL ALIVE inside the Windermere Court Apartments! Read more here: http://citykitties.org/2011/02/windermere-fire-cats/

Despite obvious signs of life inside, no one took action--not the owners, not L&I, not the fire marshal, not the insurance investigators who all had access to the building. Just two days after this disaster, fire fighters said there was nothing more they could do and no possibility that cats could have survived.

Now the Windermere owners claim that the buildings' exterior doors are sealed and that L&I won't allow anyone inside ever again--and yet a maintenance man, security guards, and insurance company investigators have accessed the building as recently as today, Wednesday February 9th. Meanwhile, the owners are moving forward with demolition, knowing full well that there are still pets inside!

If you think this is wrong, if you care about the cats inside and the people who want so desperately to get them back, if you want to let the City of Philadelphia know that it should never happen again...

Join former Windermere tenants, neighborhood residents, City Kitties, and animal welfare advocates for a peaceful rally and protest:

Saturday, February 12 @ 2pm
4800 Walnut Street - in front of West Philly High School, across from the Windermere
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[User Picture]From: seticat
2011-02-09 11:21 pm (UTC)
Signal boosted! Is there somewhere/someone we long distance people can write to to protest this?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-09 11:23 pm (UTC)
there probably is. i just wrote to ask if they could put something up for out-of-town people who are concerned. thanks so much.
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[User Picture]From: kambriel
2011-02-09 11:42 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised none of the other mentioned as having gained recent access to the building bothered to save the animals themselves.

Some things might be worth getting arrested for, and trespassing those barricades (which I understand are likely there for human safety reasons) to get the pets, nurse them back to health (I'm guessing they'll at least be malnourished/dehydrated), and place them into proper homes if all other means fail, seems as good a candidate as any.

I hope some survivors will come out of this.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-10 12:02 am (UTC)
Well apparently at the very least some of those people mentioned that there were still animals in there, which is better than just walking off.
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[User Picture]From: kambriel
2011-02-10 12:12 am (UTC)
True. I'm glad to hear there's still survivors since where there's life, there's hope.

It reminds me of post-Katrina, when homeowners weren't allowed back in their own neighborhoods, even to rescue the pets they knew were still trapped in their homes. I know some managed to sneak back in (and thank goodness) some were still alive and able to be saved.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-10 12:50 am (UTC)
One of those stories is in my Lower 9th Ward travel diary.
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[User Picture]From: thespian
2011-02-10 12:04 am (UTC)
this is the first thing you've posted this week without the 'click here to post this in your journal' button - and the first that really needs it!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-10 12:47 am (UTC)
fixed! thanks for pointing that out.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-10 12:48 am (UTC)
Our city council woman is behind us on this, i'm checking to see if letters of support to her would help. thanks
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-03-02 05:35 pm (UTC)
Some new info came up -- city has moved but shifting blame. The big thing to take away is "what is your cities plan for rescuing animals after a disaster?"

It seems philly has a plan, but nobody implemented it or knew what it was. City Kitties posted this today which is a good over-all of what's happened.
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2011-02-10 12:38 am (UTC)
I can't be there, but to whom can I write? Call? Whatever! Jesus Christ!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-10 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm checking on that.
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[User Picture]From: small_chicken
2011-02-10 06:57 am (UTC)
Ditto, please post an addy to send bitter things out to.
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From: geekwitch
2011-02-10 11:59 am (UTC)
The Managing Director's office is now in charge of Animal Control in Philly (it was the Health Department). http://www.phila.gov/mdo/Contact_Information.html

Call for an address, or just call.
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 12:51 am (UTC)

for those of you near philly

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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 01:24 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: katbcoll
2011-02-10 01:34 am (UTC)
I boosted the signal on Twitter as did a friend of mine. I'll keep checking back to see if there's something us out-of-towners can do.
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 01:37 am (UTC)

Signalboost from KyleCassidy - Phillyfolk?

User vvalkyri referenced to your post from Signalboost from KyleCassidy - Phillyfolk? saying: [...] associated with the building were accounted for, but none have claimed the cats.) It turns out [...]
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2011-02-10 01:44 am (UTC)
I boosted the signal about as far as I can take it.
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 02:19 am (UTC)

Signalboost from KyleCassidy - Phillyfolk?

User muzikmaker21 referenced to your post from Signalboost from KyleCassidy - Phillyfolk? saying: [...] associated with the building were accounted for, but none have claimed the cats.) It turns out [...]
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[User Picture]From: collpepper
2011-02-10 03:08 am (UTC)
But if there was a dog looking through one of those windows, don't tell me that some "agency" wouldn't come to the rescue immediately, that's what gets me. I live in a small rural town and see it constantly, cats are second class animal citizens, it breaks my heart.
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[User Picture]From: cynfulbeads
2011-02-10 03:36 am (UTC)
Kyle, this story brings me to tears. As an apartment dweller, I can't imagine how panicked I would feel if it were my home about to be demolished and my cat trapped inside. I've made a donation to City Kitties and will gladly add my voice to any protest. Wish I could attend the protest but Toronto is a little too far away. Many thanks to all who are fighting to save these poor animals, yourself included.
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[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2011-02-10 03:41 am (UTC)
boosted the signal to Philadelphia folks. best of luck!! poor kitties :( :(
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 03:50 am (UTC)

Spreading the word....

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[User Picture]From: rockandrollmess
2011-02-10 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm posting this shit on my tumblr. What the fuck is wrong with people?
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 04:19 am (UTC)

Dear gods, what is wrong with people???

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[User Picture]From: dujour
2011-02-10 04:52 am (UTC)
Put this on CNN.com as an Ireport or whatever they call it.
Call the television stations.

And TWEET it far and wide.

It makes me sick that they would allow this to happen.
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 04:56 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 05:05 am (UTC)

Signal Boost, Animal Welfare

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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 05:16 am (UTC)

post (boosting the signal)

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From: ms_ariel
2011-02-10 09:24 am (UTC)
If ever there was a time for civil disobedience..... Just totally horrific.
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From: ms_ariel
2011-02-10 09:33 am (UTC)
This is the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-Philadelphia/23587514958 Click like and then you can post.
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 09:43 am (UTC)

Re: Windmere apt building fire

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2011-02-10 10:33 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-02-10 11:28 am (UTC)

philadelphia LJers!

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2011-02-10 11:51 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: geekwitch
2011-02-10 11:58 am (UTC)
There are some people in local government that are trying to help, but it's messy. Hoping for results today or tomorrow...

Personally, I say storm the building on Saturday.
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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2011-02-10 04:07 pm (UTC)

forwarded the link to this page....

to Channel 6 Action News and Channel 29 news. Don't know if they will pay attention but thought it may be a start.

Too many people have such a disregard for life. If that were my cat/cats it would take an army to pull me away kicking, scratching and screaming.

They've survived the fire, they've survived this horrible weather and somehow have found something to sustain them for a month...but it's ok to just knock the building down and kill them after the odds they've overcome.

HUMANS ARE JUST EVIL BY DESIGN. It's stuff like this that makes me love my animals more and more.
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[User Picture]From: alphaloria
2011-02-10 08:13 pm (UTC)

Re: forwarded the link to this page....

I work with the wife of a reporter on Fox29, and I had her forward the story to him. They had gotten word from someone, or multiple people, already, and he is looking further into it. Fingers crossed that he runs with it.
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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2011-02-10 08:35 pm (UTC)

Re: forwarded the link to this page....

AWESOME!!!!

I hope they will go with it too!
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[User Picture]From: mippa
2011-02-10 04:36 pm (UTC)
Signal boosted thanks to ginmar posting.

Please let us know how it goes!
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-02-10 05:12 pm (UTC)

Save the animals

If it is worth writing about the problem to this extent the deed is worthy of action. Get off your ass and do the right thing while the animals still have a chance.
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[User Picture]From: mippa
2011-02-10 06:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Save the animals

...?
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[User Picture]From: alphaloria
2011-02-10 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all of the info here, Kyle. I plan to be at the rally and do whatever I can. This make me absolutely sick to my stomach.
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[User Picture]From: lilybutterland
2011-02-11 06:58 am (UTC)

its gonna be mostly ok.....mostly.

they demolish small buildings with back hoes.

the cats will most likely be able to escape many times over as the building gets destroyed over many hours.


then you have a new but less scary problem of homeless cats.
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