ASPCA Assists Wayne County Sherriff’s Office to Remove 26 Cats in Ohio Hoarding Case

Cats transported to emergency shelter to receive medical attention and treatment
July 15, 2016

Marshallville, Ohio.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Wayne County Sherriff’s Office, is assisting with the removal and sheltering of 26 cats and a dog living in an overcrowded mobile home in Marshallville, Ohio, approximately 45 miles south of Cleveland. The animals were discovered living among feces, urine and trash in a poorly ventilated environment.

A search warrant was executed Friday morning for the removal of the animals, who were subsequently surrendered by the owner. The seizure is the result of a public complaint concerning living conditions in the home. The owner has received at least one previous citation for a dog license violation that noted poor air quality resulting from the number of animals in her home.

“It was clear that an intervention was needed to help both the animals and the owner,” said Jessica Rushin, senior partnerships manager of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Our immediate goal is to transport these animals to a safe place where they’ll receive much-needed medical attention, while the owner gets the help she needs.”

The cats—mostly adult, domestic short hairs—were suffering from medical conditions including dehydration and dental disease. Some appear to be undersocialized and fearful of humans, as is common with animals from hoarding situations. One deceased cat was also found on the property.

The cats are being transported to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, where they will receive care and medical attention. Following medical and behavior evaluations, the ASPCA will place the cats with partner shelters to be made available for adoption. The dog will be treated and made available for adoption at Wayne County Kennel and Adoption Center.

Capital Area Humane Society is also assisting with the removal and sheltering operation.