The woman known as Aurora's Cat Lady has gotten her five disputed cats back.
A Jefferson County court judge ruled Monday that Almost Home Adoptions(almosthomeadoptions.com) in Westminster has no right to hold onto the cats because they are Schultz's property. The five were among 46 cats removed from Schultz's home in March by local and state authorities. Many were in poor shape.
Karen Schultz and her late husband kept dozens of cats at the home under a cat fancier's permit. But recently Schultz, in her 70s, suffered a string of health problems that kept her away from the home, which was managed by a caretaker.
Aurora Animal Control reached an agreement with Schultz that if she could get her house back in order and demonstrate she could take care of cats, she could keep five of them (the normal city limit). But first animal control would take all the cats to a place she selected for treatment. That place was Almost Home Adoptions.
Schultz's city and state licenses were revoked but she was not charged with anything. But Almost Home founder Cline blamed Schultz for the condition of all 46 cats and suggested if they were returned, they would be in danger.
Cline could not be reached for comment on the court ruling, but earlier released a statement.
"Please understand that Almost Home Adoptions, as caring and loving animal advocates, must defend these 46 cats from negligent harm--just as we defend and protect all of the cats that find their way to Almost Home. These cats need our collective voice to enable them to survive.
"Cats in these types of situations have no say in their predicament, and they have no way out. They have no way to escape their tortured lives; lives which include lack of adequate nutrition and water; lack of a clean environment; and lack of basic medical care."
Schultz has been aided by Aurora attorney Juliet Piccone(thepicconelawfirm.com), working pro bono. "Because of Almost Home Adoptions, Kathleen Cline and their various 'supporters,' an animal rescue that should have wrapped up in March has turned into an expensive, time consuming legal battle," Piccone said this week
"... Why is it that so many people turn a blind eye to animals in need? I’ll tell you why. It’s because of the egomaniacal, fanatical character of some 'animal rescuers' who would rather trash other animal rescuers and 'eat their own' than do what is right for both the animals and their human caretakers."
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