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Cat causes $5,000 in damage to shelter after turning on faucet with paw

By
Daniel Uria
The Florida Humane Society believes a young female cat who likes water is responsible for about $5,000 worth of damage to the shelter. The water was left running for 17 hours, damaging floors, walls and cat food. 
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The Florida Humane Society believes a young female cat who likes water is responsible for about $5,000 worth of damage to the shelter. The water was left running for 17 hours, damaging floors, walls and cat food. Screen capture/WPLG/Inform Inc.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- A cat reportedly caused thousands of dollars worth of damage after turning on a faucet with its paw at the Florida Humane Society in Broward County, Fla. on Thursday.

A spokesman for the shelter says they believe a mischievous 6-month-old kitten is responsible for $5,000 worth of damage after turning on a faucet and leaving the water running for nearly 17 hours.

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"We can't be sure which cat did it, because we don't have cameras in there, but we have a good idea because there was one younger female cat who really liked playing in sinks," volunteer Terry Arbour told the Miami Herald. "There was a tall spout in that sink that moves around, and the cat somehow was able to turn it on. It's possible there was collusion from others, but she probably had something to do with it."

According to ABC News, the shelter is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday allowing extra time for the water to fill up.

The flood caused three to four inches of standing water, which damaged floors, cabinets walls and also ruined several bags of cat food and litter.

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None of the 30 cats at the shelter during the flood were harmed, but some will be relocated during the renovation process.

The suspected culprit has since been adopted, but the Humane Society remains holding the bill for the damage.

"It's quite a mess," Arbour said. "And we can't imagine what our next water bill is going to look like."

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