The British Colombia SPCA seized 120 cats and three dogs who were emaciated and suffering and found an additional 130 dead cats in freezers behind the home.
The investigators found 120 emaciated but still alive cats and three small dogs left alone in ‘filthy and unsafe conditions in a trailer in Fort St. James. The animals were suffering from upper respiratory infections, extreme flea infestations, urine scald, eye infections, dental issues, ear mites, and wounds, according to the BC SPCA. The house was filthy, and investigators were astounded at the conditions that these poor animals were living in.
“The entryway and hallway to the bedrooms were covered in layers of feces and the entire trailer was very hot and filled with an overwhelming ammonia smell due to the build-up of urine,” says Eileen Drever, senior officer for protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA. “The feces and urine were so thick that boot covers were pulled off within a couple of steps due to the stickiness.”
When they arrived, most of the cats were hiding in kitchen cupboards, under the fridge, and under furniture.
“No water was present for any of the animals. Some dry cat food had been scattered on the floor, but the food was contaminated with urine and feces,” says Drever. “Many of the cats appeared very hungry and came up to our officer upon initial entry and immediately began eating the food that was offered.”
Three Chihuahuas were seized and are now being treated for dental disease, hair loss, and grooming issues. The 130 deceased cats were found in freezers behind a trailer where the same individuals lived.
“Any time we are dealing with situations of animal hoarding it is devastating for both the animals and the people,” says Drever. “We are just so glad that we were called in time to rescue the remaining animals.”
The cats and dogs are recovering and being cared for at SPCA shelters. To donate to the BC SPCA to help with the care of the 123 animals, check out their website.
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