The Monterey CA SPCA is caring for 51 live cats removed from a hoarder’s two properties. The discovery of 113 dead newborn kittens in the seizure has turned the case from one of a hoarder nabbing and then neglecting cats, to one with an overwhelming air of tragedy.
The following description of the hoarding situation, the seizure, and the sad discoveries at the scene comes from the SPCA’s Humane Investigations report. The organization has posted at their Facebook page, also; letting the public know about the case, but trying to focus on helping the survivors and continuing with adoptions of the other animals in the organization’s care.
As SPCA staff do their best to heal the bodies and spirits of the adult cats in their care, the knowledge of what was found at the scene adds a poignant element to the operation.
“On Tuesday, July 24, the SPCA for Monterey County executed search warrants on two properties in Seaside with the assistance of the Seaside Police Department after receiving tips about numerous deceased kittens.
“SPCA Humane Officers found and seized 51 live adult cats from one of the properties. In addition, the SPCA discovered 113 deceased kittens from that property and another nearby property rented by a family member. SPCA humane officers and staff veterinarians are currently examining the remains of the kittens to determine the exact number and veterinary forensic examinations will be performed to try and determine the cause of death. No live kittens were found.
“After the rescue, the cats were brought to the SPCA shelter where SPCA staff worked late into the evening to provide each cat with needed flea treatments, wormings, vaccinations and a thorough medical examination. The majority of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections, parasites, and dental disease. Some of the cats are very thin. All the cats have poor coat conditions. Five female cats are confirmed pregnant and two female cats underwent emergency surgery at the SPCA for pyometra, a severe infection of the uterus that is fatal is left untreated.”
The SPCA reports that they are providing medical treatment for the cats, who are now, finally, enjoying fresh food, clean water and comfortable living conditions.
It is thought that many of the cats were picked up off the streets and may be the missing pets of area residents, who are asked to provide a photo of their missing cat when trying to make an ID match with one of the seized cats.
SPCA Humane Investigations officers will submit the case to the Monterey County District Attorney with a recommendation that multiple counts of animal abuse be filed against the hoarder.
Anyone interested in adopting one or more of the cats after they are rehabilitated and released from evidence hold can contact the SPCA st 831-373-2631. Donations to help with the cats can be made by calling the SPCA of Monterey County at the number given here, or online, at www.SPCAmc.org.
A news report on the case gives some of the facts from the seizure as they are currently known. It has not been publicly revealed why there are so many deceased babies, if that is known.