CICERO – Animal care workers removed 20 cats from a Cicero trailer on Monday—and many of the pets were sick.
The Humane Society for Hamilton County helped the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and Cicero police capture the cats. Officials with the humane society said the cats had been living with a 73-year-old man who got sick and moved to a nursing home.
Executive Director Rebecca Stevens characterized the situation as a hoarding case that got out of control.
“Hoarding situations like this are often the result of a well-intentioned person with a very big heart,” Stevens said. “Unfortunately, it can get out of hand very quickly, and the result here is far too many cats living in a small space.”
The cats weren’t getting the care they needed. Many are suffering from upper respiratory and eye infections. One cat had to be euthanized because of a skin condition possibly caused by urine burns. At least three of the cats are pregnant.
The Humane Society said many of the cats are too sick to be placed in foster homes. Representatives are asking for help fostering other shelter cats to make room.
“We operate at capacity every day,” Stevens said. “When you have 20 or more animals arrive at one time, it’s paralyzing.”
Stevens said current shelter animals need to be moved to give the new arrivals their “best chance at a second chance.”