Md. School Catches Feral Cat That Forced Closure Last Week

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A feral cat that caused class to be cancelled at a Glen Burnie elementary school Friday has been captured and is now in custody of animal control officials.

In a letter to parents, Richard Henry Lee Elementary Principal Christopher Wooleyhand said the cat first entered the building Thursday evening. Attempts to find and capture it over the weekend were unsuccessful, and school officials started to think it had found its way out of the building on its own.

However, before students arrived for class Tuesday morning, a pair of second-grade teachers found feline fur and urine in a classroom supply closet. They closed the door to the closet and animal control officers were able to trap it.

Photo credit: Richard Henry Lee Elementary School

Photo credit: Richard Henry Lee Elementary School

The area was cleaned before students arrived and classes resumed as planned Tuesday morning.

“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,” Wooleyhand wrote.

“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.”

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