North Charleston, S.C. (WCBD) – A North Charleston hoarding situation leaves more than 56 cats fighting for their lives at the Charleston Animal Society shelter.
This week, a judge has granted the Charleston Animal Society custody of the cats after North Charleston police rescued them. Police say the cats’ owner was a veteran that is now being evaluated at the V.A. hospital.
The Charleston Animal Society is now challenged with continuing the medical and rehabilitative treatment for all the cats.
Count on 2’s Taylor Murray visited the Charleston Animal Society today and got a first-hand look at the treatment the cats are receiving.
Aldwin Roman, Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach at the Charleston Animal Society describes the conditions of the home that more than 56 cats were rescued from by North Charleston police. He says, “There had been buzzards flying over the house, neighbors complained about a smell.”
Roman says, “Something needed to be done. There were just too many cats in the house and many needed medical attention.”
Cats living in the walls, deceased cats lying in the home— all packed in such close quarters causing major health problems.
Roman says, “A lot of these cats were suffering from upper respiratory infections, some eye conditions—
and what happens when you have that many animals in one home, when they urinate the ammonia level increases to a dangerous level.”
Today, the animals are receiving total care at the Charleston Animal Society but passing by their cages & looking at their fearful face, it is obvious that they have never been properly socialized.
Roman says, “Some of them are less social than others, but just keep in mind we took them from one unfortunate situation to a scary situation for them. They are still scared. They are in cages.”
Committed to the delicate process of rehabilitation, the Charleston Animal Society says that the staff & the volunteers will be giving the cats lots of one on one attention.
Roman says, “We are helping these cats feel some love again and feel some individual affection from one person.”
The goal— to get these cats healthy & ready to be adopted.
Roman says, “We want to get them better as quickly as possible, so we can get them on their way and on the next step of their life— which we hope will be a lot more pleasant.”
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