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The BC SPCA has its hands full after seizing five dozen animals who were abandoned on a Surrey property this month.
The organization took the 59 cats and kittens, along with 1 ewe, into its care on May 13-14 after it was discovered that they had been left alone on the property.
Senior officer for protection at the BC SPCA, Eileen Drevner said that the conditions in the home were “extremely unsanitary.”
She explained that there were large amounts of feces piled throughout the house and smeared on multiple surfaces.
There were also urine-soiled carpets and furniture, piles of garbage, flies and mounds of hoarded items, noted Drevner.
“It was challenging for our animal protection officers to navigate in the home due to the amount of garbage and debris,” added Drever, who said the cats were excessively thirsty.
“There was no water visible, and the cats immediately crowded around the bowls of water and food our officers put down.”
The 59 domestic short-haired cats range in age from a few days old to around seven years old and Drevner said they’re suffering from a number of medical issues like upper respiratory infection, bloody diarrhea, limping, dehydration and emaciation.
“All of the cats were triaged and assessed at our facilities in Surrey and Chilliwack and will receive ongoing care until they are well enough to be put up for adoption,” she noted.
The lone ewe that was removed from the property was in the backyard, surrounded by overturned furniture, strewn garbage and injurious objects like broken glass and wires.
While the animals are now getting cared for by the BC SPCA, the organization is hoping that the public will step up and assist with that.
“Whenever we rescue such a large number of animals at one time, it puts enormous strain on the resources of our busy shelters,” explained Drever.
“The BC SPCA is extremely grateful for any donations to help with the care of these 60 animals.”
If you would like to donate to help with the care of these animals, click this link.
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