According to this article in the New York Times, boat owners -- like their thoughtless, selfish, and criminally ignorant counterparts in the dog world -- are leaving their charges out in the wild to be ravaged by nature or lack of nurture.
Look. We've been through this before. You have an unused or underused 38-foot schooner or Baltic trader or 43-foot reproduction barque and can't keep it anymore because you had to give back your bonus money. Don't just scuttle it in the channel where it'll be an unsightly wreck or hazard to navigation.
Give it to me.
I already have your cat.
The conditions at the shelter were less than adequate.