VIDEO: Animal Control Rescues 150 Cats in Gloucester Co. Hoarding CasePosted:
PITMAN - A severe case of cat hoarding took hazmat and Animal Control crews 10 days to remove the nearly 150 cats from a Gloucester County home.
Animal Control of Gloucester County was alerted to the Pitman home by a neighbor, who was concerned about the smell coming from the house.
The 147 cats have been rescued from truly horrific living conditions in the home, but now they're in desperate need of a new one. Officials said that, surprisingly, the cats are all in good health in spite of their living conditions, All are now up for adoption through the county's animal shelter, which is housing the majority of the felines.
"The biggest burden is on the shelters," said Owen Sturm, chief officer with the county Animal Control unit. "Shelters in New Jersey are at full capacity most of the time and when they are overrun with hoarding cases and required to impound large volumes, it affects the health of the animals that are already in the pound.
"There's just not enough room for them, so our back is up against the wall and we're in desperate need of homes [for the animals]."
The animal shelter is offering these cats for adoption at a special price. They will be available for $25 to adopt and the kitties will be vaccinated, micro-chipped, and either spayed or neutered.
To adopt one of rescued cats, visit the Gloucester County Animal Shelter in Clayton, N.J., or fill out an online adoption application on the shelter's website.
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