Julianne Westberry was supposedly a cat rescuer living in Belton, SC. On June 18th, police responding to a report of a foul smell coming from her home found more than 50 cats dead in various states of decomposition.
Others still alive have since died despite emergency veterinary care. The gray kitten in the YouTube video, as well as the black and white cat on a ledge are now dead. Only 32 cats made it out alive, with 28 remaining.
On July 2nd another location was found, a farm where a large number of cats (no one knows for sure) were allegedly dumped to live in the open by Westberry.
Anderson County Animal Control went out there and began trapping. However, since these cats are considered owner-surrender, they only have a very short time before they can be put to sleep.
Anderson County P.A.W.S. says they will start killing these cats on Monday, July 7th at 6:00 p.m. on their Facebook page.
This petition is asking Anderson County P.A.W.S. to give the Westberry cats another ten days before killing them so that rescues and owners from around the state and the Southeast will have time to look at the pictures P.A.W.S. has posted and rescue cats turned over to Julianne Westberry, or adopt cats from P.A.W.S.
This is a holiday weekend - many people are out of town, away from internet, involved with family activities. P.A.W.S. has essentially given these cats NO time.
Keep in mind how helpful Anderson County P.A.W.S. has been when the shelter is hit with a puppy mill raid. Last year the shelter went so far as to open their old facility to handle the more than 100 dogs saved from an Anderson County puppy mill.
The same holds true with the more than 100 dogs seized from Golden S Ranch in Easley.
We ask for the same consideration and respect be given these cats as they gave the dogs in both of these 2013 cases. To do any less is saying cats aren't as vital as dogs, and may cost the shelter the support of the rescue community.
Please click here to sign the petition.
For the record, the person who signed these cats over isn't facing any charges for their condition at this time.