News broke last night of the discovery of close to 80 cats being hoarded in a house that was sold at auction recently in Gilbert, Arizona.
The former owner had not yet vacated the premises, despite the sale of the home, and when investors came to begin renovations, they found the cats living in deplorable conditions. Neighbors have allegedly been complaining to city police and their homeowners' association for some time. Some of the cats were even found in the walls of the home, which was covered in animal excrement.
The cats have been removed, and early reports stated that some were sickly and/or feral, leaving animal welfare activists concerned about their future. They were taken in for treatment and evaluation by the Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, and Gilbert police officer, Sgt. Jesse Sanger stated to the press that any that are healthy will be put up for adoption, but could not say how many were sick. At this time, one cat has been euthanized due to its condition.
HALO Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter that operates closely with the West side location of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, has offered its assistance with the rescued felines and is providing canned food:
Many of you have probably heard about the 79 hoarder cats that were rescued by Arizona Humane Society last night. We are extending a helping paw to these poor, neglected, traumatized cats with some yummy canned food. We are working with Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) - Adopt at pets.maricopa.gov to see what HALO and other rescues can do to help out with this huge hoarding case. It's a very sad site to see. Our hearts lay heavy with them as they have been through a lot. We just need to give them some time to adjust and let them know that we are here to help.
HALO, which stands for "Helping Animals Live On" is located in Phoenix, AZ, and has adoption locations at the West Valley Maricopa County shelter, at the Deer Valley Petsmart, and at their main shelter facility located at 2500 S. 27th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85009. The other rescue organizations standing by to help, along with HALO, are not known at this time.
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