Hamilton Co. sheriff looking into case of abandoned, abused animals

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The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help locating the person or persons responsible for abandoning five cats and a dog earlier this week.

The animals were found outside the Humane Society of Hamilton County Thursday morning. A mother cat and her four kittens were inside a sealed storage two and a Terrier puppy was left tied to a lamp pole.

“I thought there might be supplies left in (the container} for the puppy, but when I opened the tub, the smell of ammonia nearly knocked me over,” said Medical Manager Stephanie Hunt. “There was a mother cat and four kittens in the tub, one of the kittens had died and another was in critical condition. I suspect she likely suffocated due to the ammonia and lack of oxygen.”

abandoned hamilton co pets2One other kitten and the mother cat are now listed in serious condition. Blood work is being done to determine if there are other underlying conditions.  One of the possibilities at this time is antifreeze poisoning.

The puppy, now named Koen, has a severe fracture believed to be the result of blunt force trauma. Surgery to repair the break will cost $600.

The shelter is hoping to raise the money needed to save Koen’s leg and cover the cost of medical care for the mother cat and her kittens.  If you would like to make a donation toward their care, please visit the shelter’s website at www.hamiltonhumane.com.  Anyone interested in adopting one of these animals or any animal as the shelter is beyond capacity at this time should contact the shelter at 317-773-4974 or email hshc@hamiltonhumane.com.

Any information pertaining to the ownership of the animals or who is responsible for leaving them at the Humane Society should be provided to Deputy Tom Rogers, at 317-776-4110.