Exotic Cats Found Abandoned in Vacant HousePublished June 25, 2012
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According to NBC4 News, the cats had been left alone in the house by Ryan Houde, the property's owner. The cats were found living throughout the house in their filth and excrement. As property owner, Houde has subsequently been charged with 10 counts of cruelty to animals. Houde turned himself in and was released in lieu of a $7,500 bond.
One of the Savannahs, who must have been terrified, bit a police officer and was tragically euthanized.
Houde, who owns the Shutt Court Savannahs Cattery, has been breeding Savannah Cats. His website advertises kittens, breeder and show quality cats for sale at prices ranging from $750- $1500.
While they are extraordinarily beautiful, Savannah cats require special care. According to the Cat Channel, the ideal home for a Savannah is one in which an active family resides. These highly intelligent cats crave interaction with people and thrive on environmental stimulation. Since Savannahs easily become bored if left alone for long periods of time, it is preferable for them to have the company of a companion kitty. Savannahs that grow up in an interactive household interact well with dogs, well -trained children and strangers.
Houde posted a statement on his website which leads me to wonder what could have triggered a situation so dire that it resulted in even considering the cats’ abandonment. He said, “Since all of our cats here at Shutt Court Savannahs are all considered our pets you will see the socialization these kitties obtain while spending everyday with me. Never a dull moment with all these personable cats running around. That is for sure!”
Since I have never met Houde, or visited his cattery, this bizarre case of alleged cruelty to animals is totally mysterious. It is even more so since his website brags about selling several kittens just a month before this tragedy occurred.
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