Regarding the recent report about the arrest of and misdemeanor charges filed against a mother who took a kitten home for her kids when she turned in the family pit bull to the Washington Humane Society [“In Humane Society’s kitten caper, the cat’s out of the bag,” Metro, June 14]: Sure, she failed to pay the $85 adoption fee, but for D.C. police detectives to “track her down” to her Southeast Washington apartment and bust her as though she were a dangerous felon was a preposterous overreaction. The police have more urgent priorities, and the Humane Society, by sending the police on this woman’s trail, was hardly “humane.”

Carol B. Oberdorfer, Dickerson