A kitten mill in Savoy, Mass. was raided Friday, January 31, 2014 after numerous complaints from neighbors. More than 30 cats were rescued from a residential home, all of which needed immediate medical attention, according to the Berkshire Eagle.
The home owner surrendered all of the cats and is facing multiple animal cruelty charges.
Most of the cats and kittens, ranging from 9 weeks up to 7 years, have severe upper respiratory infections that led to blood oozing from their noses and mouths. A couple of cats have eye infections so severe, they will each lose a left eye. One cat will probably lose both his eyes.
"This is pretty severe," said Carrie Loholdt, animal control officer of Savoy. "I've never seen upper respiratory infections to the point where there is blood coming out of their faces. One cat -- I'm not sure he's going to make it."
The cats were living in their own urine and feces, did not have food available and the drinking water was green from mildew. Most of the cats were also suffering from ear mites and fleas. The fleas are so bad that some of the cats are anemic and covered in scabs and scars. They are also infected with internal parasites.
The cats were being sold online for $250 each.
The 31 cats were sent to the Northern Berkshire County Animal Rescue, who sent the less urgent cats to Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. The NBCAR is seeking donations for the medical care needed to get the cats healthy for adoption. Aside from monetary donations, clumping cat litter and canned cat and kitten food are urgently needed. A spaghetti dinner is being held on March 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Izzy's Diner and Pizza to raise funds.
For more information, please visit Northern Berkshire Cat Rescue.
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