In what has got to be the worst news I’ve delivered this year, it is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Sammy the Post Office Cat was hit by a car this week, sustaining injuries that required euthanasia.
Sammy was a popular story on The Cat’s Meow, inspiring readers to send him gifts and letters–and getting letters in return. One reader even took a detour on a road trip to visit Sammy. He will be greatly missed.
Here’s the story from WFSA News:
‘Sammy’ the cat killed by car
Posted: Jul 22, 2009 5:14 PM PDT Updated: Jul 22, 2009 7:21 PM PDT
Posted by: John Shryock
NOTASULA, AL (WSFA) – Sad news to report on a local cat that captured national attention after being banished from his perch in the Notasulga Post Office.
‘Sammy’ the cat died Wednesday after being hit by a car. The orange kitty’s owner, Lorenz Porzig, confirmed the accident to WSFA 12 News.
Porzig said his now famous cat disappeared for several days late last week only to return Sunday. Sammy had a broken leg and was also said to have been missing his tail.
The vet who worked on Sammy said internal injuries were just too severe for a recovery. Porzig planned to pick up the cat’s body Thursday.
Sammy, unlike most animals, had his own mail box at the local post office, and people from all across the nation sent him letters and cat food. At last count residents of 49 states felt compelled to write.
The feline’s rise to fame started when WSFA 12 News’ weekly segment County Road 12 profiled the down and out sunbather.
While Sammy’s owner lived right across the street from the post office Sammy himself was rarely home. Instead he enjoyed lounging in the window at the mail facility.
When a customer complained of cat allergies postal workers gave him the boot, only to suffer the wrath of many Notasulga residents who demanded their ‘post office cat’ be repatriated. Even former Auburn football coach Pat Dye weighed-in on the situation saying Sammy should’ve been allowed to stay inside.
Sammy was never allowed back inside, though he never really seemed to mind. He spent a good deal of time just outside the door licking his paws and keeping cool.
As late as a few weeks ago he’d even taken up residence next door at the tax preparer’s office where more shade could be found.
WSFA 12 News is planning to shoot a news story on Sammy Thursday for on-air coverage.
For those who’d like to send condolences, here’s his address:
Sammy the Post Office Cat
PO Box 173
Notasulga, Alabama 36866