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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
Bring friends and signs

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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