Cat at KC Pet Project that was removed from hoarding situation in the Northland.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Up to 100 cats and kittens were seized from two Northland apartments in a four-plex, officials said Monday.
The KC Pet Project, which operates the KCMO no-kill municipal animal shelter, is receiving the felines, which will be assessed for their health and adoptability.
Animal control officials received a tip from a concerned citizen and went to the apartment complex, which is at 8208 Everton Ave.
"It's just sad," said Brian Jacques, who lives in the neighborhood. "Seventy cats living in there is just sad . . . . I can't even wrap my mind around 70 cats in an apartment like mine."
He said he can't even imagine having two dogs in the apartments.
Some neighbors said they had no obvious signs that anything was amiss, and now wonder how the cats were fed and cared for. The woman allegedly caring for the animals didn't live in the apartment.
Animal control is setting out traps to catch the ones that have evaded capture so far. The smell is overwhelming, animal control officials said Monday.
"Many of the cats and kittens are sick, and will require extensive medical treatment," according to Tori Fugate, spokeswoman for KC Pet Project. "There are several pregnant cats and (bottle-fed) baby kittens that will require foster homes."
The shelter is asking for the community's help in providing for the care of the cats.
"Some of the cats and kittens are social and will be available for adoption at a later date, while others will only be eligible for adoption in outdoor or barn homes," Fugate said.
Even before the large-scale hoarding cases, the shelter had received 80 cats and kittens. Vaccinations alone will cost thousands for all the felines.
For more information on the shelter or to make a cash donation or provide supplies, click here.
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Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:11:15 GMT
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