Julie Busch Branaman/The HSUS
We’re at it again! The ASPCA Forensics Team is currently on the ground in Alachua County, Florida collecting forensic evidence of nearly 700 cats found living in deplorable conditions at the Haven Acres Cat ‘Sanctuary’. The animals were rescued as the result of an ongoing investigation led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Alachua County Animal Services.
Found living in filthy wire pens throughout the eight-acre property, responders say many of the cats are underweight and appear to be suffering from upper respiratory infections and parasites. The animals are being transferred to an emergency shelter where they will be examined by veterinarians and receive critical medical care.
The ASPCA Forensics Team is playing a vital role in the criminal investigation—mapping the cats’ locations, assisting veterinarians in documenting wounds and overall body conditions, and removing deceased cats for necropsies. Also on scene is the ASPCA’s fully equipped Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) unit, outfitted with state-of-the-art forensics tools.
“This is the kind of thing that local animal organizations dread getting involved in, because we just don't have the resources, says David R. Flagler, Director of Alachua County Animal Services. “But when we work with national organizations like the ASPCA, you make it a lot easier."
The HSUS and United Animal Nations will continue to provide ongoing care for the animals until their custody is decided in an upcoming disposition hearing.
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