President Donald Trump has been blamed for an animal rescue that took place at a Maryland hotel last week, but a Maryland lawmaker says the White House should be held responsible.
“The president is the one who’s the responsible for the cats at the hotel,” Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-MD) told ABC News on Wednesday.
“He’s the one that has to be held accountable.
He’s the president.
It’s his job to look after the animals.”
The Maryland man who owned the cats, Matthew Gorman, was the owner of a Maryland-based animal rescue company called The Cat Foundation and was listed on the nonprofit’s website as a director.
The cat rescue business, which was owned by Gorman for more than two decades, took on two kittens last week in Maryland and was scheduled to be rescued from the hotel by the Humane Society of the United States.
The Maryland Humane Society told ABC affiliate WUSA that Gorman was not in charge of the cats.
“He’s not in the loop,” said Lori Houghton, president and CEO of the Maryland Humane Council, who said Gorman had not been involved in any rescue efforts at the Maryland hotel.
“That’s not his responsibility.
He was in charge.”
The Humane Society has called on the Trump administration to investigate the cats’ rescue.
“We need to make sure this does not happen again,” Houghson said.
Gorman told ABCNews.com that the cats were “perfectly healthy” and were brought to the hotel in the hopes of finding them a home.
Gorman told WUSA the kittens were being held in his hotel room.
The Maryland Humane Club, which operates the Maryland-owned cat rescue, said Grolans management had been in touch with the president about the rescue, but did not immediately return a call for comment.
The Cat Foundation’s website says it offers training classes for businesses, public and private organizations, and training for pet owners, as well as a website for pet rescue groups.
The Cat Rescue Club said in a statement to ABCNews, “The Cat Rescue Foundation does not provide training for cats and kittens.
We work with a small number of veterinarians and other trained professionals who work closely with our clients to assist with these specialized and specialized training programs.
We are grateful for all of the support we have received from the Maryland community and beyond.”ABC News’ Paul Kane contributed to this report.