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49 cats removed from southern Ontario house
Karena Walter, QMI Agency
First posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:31 AM EST | Updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:45 AM EST
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Humane society officials removed 49 cats from a southern Ontario home Monday.
Officials received a tip about the cat house in Beamsville and decided to check it out.
“Everybody was surprised by what they saw,” Lincoln County Humane Society executive director Kevin Strooband said.
He said the cats were living on the main floor of the two-storey house in a 600-square-foot area.
A veterinarian decided the cats had to be removed because of high levels of ammonia, which is found in urine.
Strooband said the cats, ranging in age from three weeks to 14 years old, were well-fed and the owner knew all of their names, but some have health issues.
One grey and white cat has neurological problems. An orange cat who was lying in his litter box is missing half his fur. Some of the cats have dental problems and some have white paws that are stained yellow.
The vet assessed them all and some of the cats require followup treatment.
Strooband appealed to the public for donations to cover their care and vet bills.
The cats are currently being kept in cages at a St. Catharines, Ont., shelter until they’re ready for adoption.
A visit to their room Tuesday found them very quiet, with virtually no meowing and none of the playful batting of cages usually found at the shelter. Only one cat, who has a respiratory problem, showed interest in a photographer taking photos while the others stayed lying down at the back of their cages.
“They’re going to be a bit of a challenge to adopt,” Strooband said. “They’re not the most outgoing cats.”
Strooband said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
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