KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A local animal shelter has taken in nearly a dozen sick cats that rescue crews say they were living in terrible conditions.
The identity of the woman responsible for the poor treatment of these cats is not being released because she cooperated with authorities by giving up the ones she thought were the most sick. Forty cats remain in the home.
The majority of the cats are starved, severely dehydrated, and their eyes are swollen shut.
“One of the kittens had rubbed her eye until the eye actually fell out of its socket,” said SICSA executive director, Nora Vondrell.
Many of them are also battling upper respiratory infections.
These cats could still be living in deplorable conditions had the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals not picked up the phone.
“We got a call from a statewide rescue out of Columbus,” said Vondrell. “They asked SICSA to assess the situation and suspected a cat hoarder within twenty-five miles of our doors.”
The owner surrendered the 11 cats she felt were in the worst shape, but there are still about forty living in her small trailer home.
“In the beginning she thought she was helping by getting them inside,” said Vondrell. “The difficulty is, while she spent her money, keeping them warm and fed and buying litter. She didn’t get them spayed and neutered.”
A healthy female cat can have up to four litters a year. Vondrell said many of the cats inside have spent their entire lives in the home.
“They just kept breeding and having kittens and then one got ill and it came down with a virus and then that spread throughout the colony,” said Vondrell.
Vondrell says the owner admits that things got out of hand.
A few of the cats, that SICSA took have already died. Others are still fighting.
“The prognosis for a couple of them is really great,” said Vondrell, “So we’re hoping we’ll be able to get them to the point where we can get them adopted.”
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