WHITMAN, Mass. — A cat lover was obliged to pay up for his
cat's radioactive feces.
William Jenness agreed to pay a $3,856.47 fee
for mishandling his cat's litter box after a trip to the local clinic. Diagnosed
with hyperthyroidism, a veterinarian treated Mitzi, an 11-year-old shorthair,
with an injection of radioactive iodine and gave Jenness strict instructions to
flush his pet's waste down the toilet, rather than throw it out.
makes the cat radioactive for weeks and requires special care, including limited
snuggling and using protective gloves when flushing the cat litter.
Jenness's garbage made its way to the SEMASS waste incinerator in Rochester, an
alarm detecting radioactive material went off. An investigation uncovered the
source of the radiation as cat poop.
The city picked up the costs of disposing
of the waste and then billed Jenness, threatening to charge him if he didn't comply.
He immediately brought a check down to the department of public works.
for why he didn't follow the instructions, Jenness said he was afraid of his septic
system being clogged.
"When [the feces] hardened it came into fairly big
lumps," Jenness reportedly said. "I probably should have put more effort into
breaking it up."