On the evening of July 5, a cat appeared on the nightly kill list of New York City Animal Care & Control named Missy. Here is a copy of the listing as it was sent out that evening. Helpfully, it has a timestamp: July 5 2012 5:20pm.
The problem with this listing is that Missy was already dead. That had been correctly recorded in their computer system but somehow the kill list was generated incorrectly. Here’s a screenshot from their internal computer system showing that she had been killed on 7/5 at 1:25 in the afternoon, several hours before the same computer system generated the nightly kill list.
Relying on the incorrect kill listing, a rescue group placed a hold on Missy. Additionally, another group offered by email to provide backup.
Later that day a note would be placed on her record acknowledging the error.
The system that NYC rescues are now required to use to save animals can’t seem to keep track of whether animals are dead or alive.