71 cats rescued from rural motorhomes strewn with faces and urine
An animal rescue group rescued a total of 71 cats and kittens from two motorhomes in Canada, prompting an appeal for donations to help.
The British Columbia Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) reported the troubling case on October 5.
He said the motorhomes were located in a rural area near Squamish, Canada, in what has been called a “hoarding situation”.
The cats were being kept in desperate and unsanitary conditions, according to details revealed by the animal welfare group, with feces “piled up in their living space” and high levels of ammonia in the urine. All of this was accompanied by a lack of adequate ventilation.
Cats were found in various places in both trailers, including inside cabinets, under furniture, and under the driver and passenger seats. The newborn kittens were huddled together on the floor.
Eileen Drever is the Senior Protection Officer at the BCSPCA. She said in a press release that since the animal rescue, seven kittens have been born. A number of cats are also suspected of being pregnant.
“As you can imagine, a seizure of this size puts a strain on our resources,” she said. “We want to make sure these poor animals get all the care and attention they need and deserve.”
She added: “We are also currently providing treatment for giardia and upper respiratory tract infections.”
Most cats are friendly to humans, Drever said, adding that “a few of them are scared, but they come back.”
BCSPCA accepts donations in order to provide ongoing care for cats.
The cats are currently not up for adoption, but people can check the group’s website for updates and sign up to receive animal alerts.
This is not the first time in recent weeks that a significant number of animals have been rescued from a property.
Authorities in Mesquite, Texas last month rescued a total of 111 dogs from a single residential property, a serious violation of the city code, which allows a maximum of three per household.
The dogs were returned by the owner and taken to shelter by the City of Mesquite Animal Services Division. They were then made available to animal shelters.
City official Maria Martinez said in a statement: “It was a successful rescue event, and we could not have done it without our hardworking city staff who acted quickly and compassionately, and our animal rescue partners. “
The rescued animals have been described as “small breed” dogs.