100 cats seized, 67 found dead, at Schoharie County home
WRIGHT, N.Y. - Around 100 cats were seized, and the bodies of dozens of cats found dead, at a home in Schoharie County Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office says.
According to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, authorities responded to a home in the town of Wright around 9 a.m. due to a "complaint of someone hoarding cats."
Officers found around 100 cats living in deplorable conditions. "We had to wear respirators inside because of how strong the cat feces and urine were," said Kerrie Colin, the manager of the animal shelter. "There was not one spot that wasn't covered in urine or feces."
"Some of them were living in the roof of the house, some were outside in a tarped-in area," said Sheriff Tony Desmond.
Desmond says they also found the bodies of 67 cats that had already died.
The shelter says the living cats are being brought to the Gallupville Highway Dept. where an area has been set up to be checked by a veterinarian, though some will need to be put to sleep.
The house the cats were in is now condemed. The resident of the home, whose name has not been released, told NEWS10 she started with one stray cat but ended up with too many to handle, she says she did try to seek help.
Desmond says she will likely face animal cruelty charges.
The shelter says they have set up space to keep the cats, but is seeking donations of cat litter or monetary donations to help fund the cats' potential medications.
"Our biggest challenge right now is funding for cats because each one has medical issues, like an upper respitory infection," said Colin.
If you would like to donate cat litter it can be dropped off at their physical location. The shelter says they are also looking for volunteers to help with taking care of the cats. Monetary donations can either be mailed or dropped off at their physical location:
Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley PO Box 40 Howes Cave, NY 12092 518-296-8390
A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter where more information is expected to be released.
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