- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The feral cat that shut down an Anne Arundel County elementary school last week was found and trapped Tuesday morning inside the building.

Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie was evacuated and more than 500 students were sent home early Friday after a cat was seen inside the school.

Officials scoured the building over the weekend in an attempt to find and remove the cat. But when searches turned up empty and neither food traps nor motion sensors revealed any sign of the cat, officials believed the feline might have left the facility and declared that classes would resume Tuesday.

But before school opened Tuesday, two second-grade teachers discovered cat urine and fur inside a supply closet, principal Christopher Wooleyhand said in a letter to parents. Anne Arundel animal control officers responded and were able to capture the tortoiseshell cat.

“No students were present when the cat was captured,” Mr. Wooleyhand wrote. “I am pleased to tell you that our instruction proceeded normally throughout the day. The second-grade students returned to their classroom this morning after the area was cleaned.”

A spokeswoman for animal control said the frazzled kitty would be left to rest for a little while before technicians try to determine what to do with her.

“She’s been under a lot of stress, so we are letting her settle down,” spokeswoman Robin Catlett said. “She’s had a stressful weekend to say the least.”

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