Domestic cats seized from a woman breeding Servals, Savannahs, and Highlanders will have the chance to find new homes.
Guilford Animal Shelter was involved with the raid and had cared for the seized domestic cats. Shelter director Marsha Williams got word today that the cats are to be released from the investigation and they will be available for adoption beginning on Monday. The cats will be spayed/neutered and microchipped. The more exotic cats are being held at
Sandra Cheek Norman, of Advance NC, in Davie County, is being charged with 18 counts of Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals and a Felony Cruelty to Animal charge after officers raided her Amazing Grace Catz home based breeding business last month. Authorities say the animals were living in unhealthful filth and some were sick. According to the search warrant, the cats had herpes of the eyes, and all of the kittens suffered from parasites, and smelled badly from having dried feces stuck to their bodies. We cannot say for certain whether the business was raided due to poor conditions or whether it was an attempt to shut down the operations because of the presence of exotic animals. As with many cases involving breeders, the business’ website paints a very different picture than one of filth and neglect.
Regular domestic cats as well as semi-exotic and mixed breed cats are at Guilford and will be available for adoption. The more exotic cats are at a USDA facility.