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Elusive Cat Caught Inside AACO School

Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 01:07 PM EDT

An Anne Arundel County Public School was closed on Friday when a feral cat was spotted inside the building. The cat was caught after school re-opened on Tuesday.

Richard Henry Lee school officials released a statement over the weekend saying that the food left in the traps was untouched and searches came up negative. The following letter was sent to Richard Henry Lee ES parents by email after the cat was caught:

Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to thank you for your patience and understanding over the last few days as we have searched for the cat that entered our building Thursday evening. While I regret the fact that we had to close school on Friday, I am heartened at the way you reacted to that news and understood that we were acting in the best interests of your children and our staff.

As you know, despite our best efforts over the weekend, we were unable to trap the animal. Detecting no movement, we believed it had left our building. Well before students arrived this morning, however, two of our second-grade teachers discovered cat urine and fur in a classroom supply closet. We closed the closet door, notified Animal Control, and made plans to move students in the classroom adjacent to that closet to another area of the building when they arrived.

Animal Control was able to confine the cat, and took custody of the animal. We have been told by officials at that agency that they will monitor the cat's progress and assess the animal in order to make an appropriate determination on what to do next.

No students were present when the cat was captured. I am pleased to tell you that our instruction proceeded normally throughout the day. The second-grade students returned to their classroom this morning after the area was cleaned.

Finally, I want to thank our incredible staff for the way in which they looked after our children on Friday. The arrival of nearly 500 youngsters, some on their first day of kindergarten, can be hectic enough without the unusual circumstances that occurred last week. We are most fortunate to have an outstanding staff working with our children.

Thank you again for everything you do for our school.

Christopher Wooleyhand

Elusive Cat Caught Inside AACO School

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