Thursday, March 18, 2010
Fifty-one cats were taken from two properties in St. Louis and Lake County on Thursday, March 18. Animal Humane Society assisted the Two Harbors and Duluth Township police departments in removing the cats after the owner surrendered them to authorities. Thirty-one cats were found living in a Two Harbors residence and another 20 were taken from a pole barn in Duluth Township. Officials also found 39 dead cats on the Duluth Township property. Both properties are owned by the same individual.
Animal Humane Society‘s Humane Investigations team was called by a private citizen to inspect the property where reports of a large number of cats were being housed in a pole barn without windows, light or ventilation. Officials on the scene say the cats were living in deplorable conditions.
Animal Humane Society is now evaluating and providing medical treatment to the cats. A police investigation continues and possible criminal charges may be filed against the property owner.
An additional 25 cats were also surrendered earlier in the week and are now in the care of Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth.
See a local news report on this case
UPDATE, March 25, 2010: Animals from this case are now available for adoption at the AHS Adoption Center in Golden Valley. Their adoption profiles are marked with a heart to inform potential adopters they came to AHS under extraordinary circumstances.