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St. Louis shelter housing Rally Cat accuses Cardinals of ‘bullying tactics’

The Rally Cat saga has taken a bizarre turn after the animal shelter that currently is housing the feline accused the St. Louis Cardinals organization of “bullying tactics” in its effort to acquire custody of the animal.

St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach, a nonprofit organization, posted a statement on its Facebook page indicating the Cardinals erred with the assumption it would gain custody of Rally Cat once he is released from mandatory quarantine. SLFCO goes so far as to accuse the team of conducting itself in a manner that “seems inconsistent with ‘The Cardinals Way.’”

“It was a disappointment to STLFCO and many of our friends and fans to read the Cardinal’s PR Head Ron Watermon’s comments to the media concerning Rally,” the rather lengthy statement opens. “It was a totally false statement that STLFCO has committed anything to the Cardinals. We have made no decisions about Rally’s long-term placement. It seems inconsistent with ‘The Cardinals Way’ to make such false statements.”

The statement makes reference comments made by Watermon in which he claims the shelter “assured us they will be returning our cat to us after a mandatory 10-day quarantine period.” Apparently, that is not the case.

The feral feline at the center of the controversy became the latest “Rally [Insert Animal Here]” to take Major League Baseball by storm. Rally Cat became a sensation thanks to its appearance at Busch Stadium on Aug. 9 during the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Since then, the Rally Cat saga has taken on a (ninth) life of its own, with the Cardinals actually issuing an official statement after the cat went missing.

Developments this week pointed to the notion that a looming Rally Cat custody battle was in the offing. It certainly appears with STLFCO’s latest statement that indeed appears to be the case.

Either way, the Cardinals have already designated Sept. 10 as “Rally Cat Appreciation Day.” The hope is the cat will be healthy enough to make it to the event planned in his honor, despite the seemingly lingering animosity.

Rally Cat, everyone.