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KC Cat Hoarder Speaks; Hoarding History Discovered

Kansas City MO animal control seized 153 live cats from woman’s home on Monday and found many dead cats in a freezer. Updates include a report on the cats, discovery of a previous seizure and a surprising interview with the woman.

KC animal control officers made the large seizure on Monday after receiving complaints from neighbors about the stench coming from a house occupied by Dolores Ann Metcalf (aka Dolores Flores). The officers described filthy conditions and a house filled with animal waste.

The cats are being isolated away from other cats at the city shelter and are currently housed in the basement of the facility while health assesments are being done. The city ran a 2-for-1 special adoption event today to try to move out the other cats in residence at the shelter. Many of the seized cats have been determined to have intestinal parasites, respiratory infection and fleas. Ms. Metcalf had medications on hand which she tried to send with the cats but the city refused them, citing regulations and procedures. The number of dead frozen cats differs between local news reports – with numbers ranging from 50 to 180.

Ms. Metcalf speaks with a reporter in the KCTV news video below, though her voice is muffled and her face hidden. She speaks of her attachment and closeness with her cats and her fears for them now that they are in city custody, while expressing her distrust and dislike of many people. She also gives explanations for the situation with the cats, which may possibly be true but which we do not feel comfortable accepting at face value. We do believe that Ms. Metcalf loves the cats and worries about their fate. She is charged with having more cats than allowed and with animal cruelty.

KMBC news reports that Ms. Metcalf had 100 cats seized from a trailer in Liberty MO in 2001, and several dead cats were found in a refrigerator in that instance.

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    September 4, 2011 7:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy Robison

    I fel sorry for her. she has a big mental problem and she is sure they will kill the cats as they probably will as the aspca is not a no-kill center. but sometimes I wonder if they are not better off dead than living in a hole from hell no matter how much the woman loved them they were not in good hands. I just recently lost a cat and havent been able to find her and since it has been more than a month and I did find her mother whom she was exptemely attached to I am starting to realize she is dead now and in a way I am happy that she is not alone and suffering by herself. the woman that was caring for them died and I didnt know until a month later as we live in different countries….made me so sad but I am estatic to at least have her mommy and she is living with a friend with her sister so things are going to go ok for her. I just say a prayer for Willi every night. It is so sad…

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      May 18, 2013 3:23 amPosted 1 year ago
      karen chastain

      I met Ann a few years ago at my Vets office and offered to help her not realizing how sick she is. She is very intelligent but very ill. she needs inpatient treatment or she will continue to engage in this behavior. I don’t know how she finds landlords to rent from.

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