Animal control officers from the Putnam County SPCA discovered 61 living cats and nine deceased cats inside a home in Kent, New York. They searched the property on May 16, 2017, after reports of a high number of pets living in squalor.
According to the Putnam County SPCA's Facebook page, the officers found 57 adult and young adult cats, four kittens, and nine deceased cats inside the home. "The conditions inside the residence were extremely deplorable, unfit for both human and animal existence."
In addition, the SPCA said the officers observed "cat urine soaked floors, feces strewn throughout the home, no available food or clean water for the animals, and thick acrid ammonia filled air," among other grim details.
The cats were immediately transferred to Westchester Animal Hospital in Mount Vernon. Tragically, five of the cats did not survive treatment, while three others had to be humanely euthanized due to their extensive health issues.
According to USA Today, the owner of the cats is currently hospitalized but is expected to be charged with animal cruelty.
The majority of the surviving cats (which range from months-old kittens to adult felines) are now being cared for by a non-profit animal sanctuary, Rescue Right Inc, where they will stay until they are healthy and, in some cases, old enough to be put up for adoption. Donations can be made here to help the cats who were involved in this terrible situation.
If you ever suspect a possible animal hoarding or endangerment situation in your region, contact the proper animal control authorities for help.
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