A staggering number of cats have been seized by the animal control services in Taylorville following a tip off. However, this has thrown the center into crisis and they desperately need help with donations.
The story reported by Wand TV gives a heart-breaking account of the plight of these feline friends. In total, Taylorville Animal Control were forced to seize 65 cats from one domestic dwelling. They acted after being tipped off via a phone call from a member of the public. The stricken kitties were immediately taken to the Christian County Animal Control Center where they are being cared for. The problem is that the center is now over it’s capacity and does not have the resources that it needs to care for the cats properly. At least five of the cats are pregnant.
Animal Control worker Dwanna Kelmel describes the desperate situation,
“It was overwhelming. I don’t think we had time to really stop and think about how many we were getting in.” Andy Goodall, who also works at the center gives some background information on how the situation arose. Apparently, a few cats were initially taken in as a kind gesture but the situation got out of control. He says “This is a situation where the lady’s intent was taking in some neighborhood cats and they just kept coming and multiplying and they just kind of got out of control.” He also explains that they have not yet planned what the next steps will be “At this time, we haven’t made a decision on exactly what the penalty will be for this … the previous animal control officer had in the neighborhood of 40 cats in one house at one time. And we’re looking through the process of what was done there to kind of be similar.”
There were so many cats that it took three journeys to get them all back to the shelter. Currently, they are being examined by a vet and getting vaccinated before being allocated names. Then the process of finding new homes will begin. Fund raising to build a new cat room has begun but they are also looking for urgent donations. In particular, the shelter needs cat litter, wet and dry kitten food, wet and dry adult cat food and disinfectant bleach.