July 10, 2012
A team from Animal Humane Society, led by Senior Humane Agent Wade Hanson, removed 11 cats and five kittens from a duplex in Braham, Minn. on Tuesday, July 10 after being called in by the Braham police department. Braham is located about an hour north of the Twin Cities in Isanti County.
Police had been contacted by neighbors complaining about cat-related odors in and around the property. The 74-year-old woman who rented half of the duplex was hospitalized following an initial visit to the property by authorities. Agent Hanson visited the home for the first time on Monday, July 9, and following his assessment a member of the renter’s family provided authorization to remove the animals. Police declared the dwelling uninhabitable due to extreme unsanitary conditions.
One kitten was found dead during the rescue and a cat observed outside the home eluded capture. The other kittens and cats were transported to Animal Humane Society’s Coon Rapids facility to be evaluated. Based on health and behavior, Animal Humane Society staff will determine if they are candidates for adoption.