Cats stranded in Routt County after fatal accident |

Cats stranded in Routt County after fatal accident

Millie is one of two cats stranded in Routt County following a fatal truck accident Monday.

— Manslow and Millie the cats are eager to get home to Pennsylvania after being unexpectedly stranded in Routt County.

The cats were passengers in the cab of a semi-truck full of powdered cement that rolled over on Rabbit Ears Pass Monday.

The lone occupant, Wyoming resident Henry Milton Watson, was killed in the accident, and Routt County Animal Control was called to pick up the cats.

The Routt County Humane Society is fostering the cats and started a $500 fundraising campaign Wednesday to cover vet bills and transportation costs to bring the cats to Pennsylvania, where another owner, Watson’s wife, lives.

“The vet bills were $249, and we’re estimating the transport will be about $250,” said Karen Donoghue, shelter manager.

The organization was planning to work with another nonprofit that specializes in animal transport to move the cats.

Humane society staff member Karen Brander said the cats were covered in cement dust and had inhaled particles, but appeared to be recovering well.

“They are very personable and love people,” she said. “They’re eating well, and I’m still getting cement particles off of them. They were just coated in the powder.”

Not surprisingly, Brander said, the cats were very well-behaved when she transported them down windy roads to her home in South Routt.

“They’re wonderful travelers,” she said. “My roads are not real good, and I didn’t hear a peep the whole time.”

Brander said the black and white female cat, Millie, was initially picking on the male orange tabby, Manslow, and they had to be separated, but the cats have since begun to get along.

“They’re getting along better now,” she said. “I think they’re anxious to get home.”

As of Thursday afternoon, the Routt County Humane Society had collected just over $300 of its goal.

Visit to make a donation for the cats.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User