After more than 50 cats were confiscated in Wolcott, rescuers have been inundated with offers to adopt those cats.
The incident was called by police as one of the filthiest cases of animal hoarding.
On Friday, animal control officers spent the day and night at a home on Finch Road where they seized 59 of cats out of cupboards, closet space, behind appliances, furniture and even spaces in the bathroom. One was found dead in a freezer.
“The smell will overtake you, there's feces all over the floor,” Wolcott Police Sgt. Patrick Malloy said.
Many of these cats came legally from Egypt, which is a country with a cat crisis of its own. They were flown in by this owner, who by all accounts seemed to have the best intentions, but quickly became overwhelmed.
Over the weekend, they were taken in for a checkup and the diagnosis wasn't good.
“The cats have ear mites, respiratory issues, they have eye infections,” Wolcott Animal Control Roslyn Nenninger said.
The good news is that many are expected to be nursed back to health. The investigation is still ongoing and police said the homeowner could face charges even though she brought these cats in legally from Egypt.
“I believe she was trying to help them. I believe that she was starting out in good intentions,” Nenninger said. “But at the fault of the rescues in Egypt as well as her, the situation just spiraled out of control.”
The cats aren't up for adoption yet, because one, they still need to be nursed back to health. They’re also technically being held as evidence.
Even though the shelter is stuffed, they say they do not need donations, but will need to have the cats adopted in the near future.
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