JOHNSTON, Texas — It’s a Friday night in April.
There are no lights, no music, no family gatherings.
Johnston’s family, along with the people of Johnston, Texas, have been waiting for more than six months for the return of their beloved cat, Charlie, who is one of the thousands of cats that have been euthanized or lost due to the state of Texas’ animal cruelty laws.
The news came just two days after a judge in Corpus Christi ruled that the state’s animal cruelty law was unconstitutional.
In a statement, Johnston’s father said that despite his daughter’s best efforts, the situation is “the worst disaster in the life of my family.”
Johnston was born with spina bifida, a rare disorder in which the spinal column, or backbone, grows in the neck.
Charlie was born six months premature and weighed in at only five pounds, a tiny kitten that has never had the chance to live.
He had been the subject of numerous rescue efforts before the tragedy in October, when the city of Corpus Christie sent a team of veterinarians and volunteers to find the kitten’s father and two older siblings, who had been in hiding for months.
“We were so scared,” Johnston told ABC News in a recent interview.
A spokesperson for the city said that they were shocked by the judge’s decision, which will prevent the family from bringing Charlie back to life.
As of Wednesday, no one had been able to reunite with Charlie, the Corpus Christies spokesperson said.
While the decision means that Charlie’s future is likely to be forever, Johnstone’s mother said that she was glad to have some closure.
She said she would be willing to give Charlie some time to settle down in his new home.
“He was so young, so innocent,” she said.
“Now he has a new life.
I don’t know what will happen, but I am going to try to do everything in my power to bring him back.
I want to have him back.”
Johnstone’s story has been a familiar one for Corpus Christians.
During the months following the deadly floods in May, hundreds of people, some of whom were stranded in their homes, lost their homes in floodwaters.
They were left without access to food, water and medical care, and some even died.
After a long legal battle, the family of Charlie, a 10-month-old kitten, was finally able to get access to his new family.
It was at that point that the cat’s mother, Angela, found her son’s body, which had been covered with a sheet and wrapped in a blanket.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Angela found her husband, Michael, who was in his home in the city when the cat was found.
Angela and her two other children have been looking for their missing cat for nearly a year now.
The case has drawn attention around the country.
Earlier this month, the city council of Houston passed a resolution urging residents to report any suspected animal cruelty to animal shelters and the Texas Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The city council has also passed an ordinance requiring the state to take action against anyone who has committed animal cruelty.