The ordeal of around thirty reclusive cats in the infamous Bonne Espérance refuge

“When I saw the conditions that cats live in, I was shocked and appalled to see that animals could live in such terrible conditions.” This sentence is taken from the minutes of the hearing of a student who filed a complaint for animal cruelty against the animal protection association Noah’s Ark in Sainte-Rose, on November 30 at the Plaine gendarmerie brigade.-des-Cafres.

The story begins in Le Tampon when the young man discovers an abandoned kitten. He then contacts several associations in the hope of leaving the hairball to one of them. He was finally contacted by Astrid Puissant, the president of the association Droit de Cité, which owns the Bonne Espérance refuge in Sainte-Rose. The student goes there without prior appointment with his friend. They do not know that the retired teacher is being prosecuted by the Saint-Denis Public Prosecutor’s Office following the revelations by the Journal de l’Ile (our edition of May 23, 2022) about the cruel conditions in which almost 70 dogs lived as prisoners in the Arche de Noé shelter in Sainte-Anne, in the municipality of Saint-Benoît.

“I preferred not to leave the cat”

The two students bring the kitten to the shelter on Chemin Soucane in Sainte-Rose. At the end of a path that takes shape in the middle of tall grass, they come across an infamous inn from which pestilential smells emanate. Astrid Puissant personally welcomes them to pick up the kitten. The student thinks it’s “strange”. “At one point she took a kitten to show us and then she practically threw it on the ground,” he continues on PV. They further note that there is “very little bedding and food”.

It doesn’t take long for the two young…

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