OAKLAND COUNTY, MI - A total of 100 animals were rescued by Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center from a home in Independence Township after a welfare check. 16 cats died, while the 84 other animals are currently being taken care of at the shelter.
When animal control officers arrived at the house, they found the animals were in horrific conditions and needed immediate attention. They were then transported to the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center to receive veterinary care.
Among the animals discovered were cats, rabbits, dogs, ferrets, and a bearded dragon. The high temperatures in the home, which lacked air conditioning and airflow, caused 82 cats to be in distress. Nine of the cats died at the scene, two died in transit, and two more died at the shelter.
Three other cats were euthanized by veterinary staff because their health was deteriorating due to an infectious disease. 66 cats remain alive.
There were also 8 ferrets, 5 dogs, 4 rabbits, and one bearded dragon, all of which were still alive. The 84 remaining animals at the shelter are being evaluated and cared for by veterinary and shelter staff.
The resident and her husband told the officers that they were involved in a cat rescue organization, thus providing "care" for the cats. However, some of the animals belonged to the resident and another adult tenant who just moved in.
Although all of the animals were removed from the home, neither relinquished ownership of them.
The Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center will immediately start the forfeiture process.
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