SPCA and Department of Health help in cat case
It was reported that the case seemed to be a case of a cat rescue that went terribly wrong, as between 50 to 100 cats were found to be living at this address in a dilapidated home.
Most of the cats suffer from upper respiratory symptoms and flea anemia. Kandefer said the structure is unsound and not safe for anything to be living in. He described the conditions as 2 to 3 feet of cat feces piled up in the corners of some of the rooms.
To his estimation, the caretakers are likely there about once every two weeks or so. Some of the animals were removed and taken back to the Niagara County SPCA for medical evaluation. Others are feral and traps were set in order to catch them.
On Monday, the Niagara County Department of Health Preparedness program brought their mobile clinic trailers to the SPCA.
“Providing assistance to the Niagara County SPCA in their efforts to capture, evaluate and treat 50 to 100 cats left in a Somerset home is a public health priority,” said Elaine Roman, Director of the Health Department Division of Public Health Planning and the Emergency Preparedness. “We are bringing our clinic trailers to provide additional resources to the SPCA for conducting triage and treatment on the cats rescued from the dwelling in Somerset.”
On July 28, the Health Department transported over 100 crates, travel carriers, food dishes and litter boxes so each cat could be isolated in its own cage for observation and treatment. Niagara County Department of Health purchased the trailers with funds awarded through a competitive Department of Homeland Security grant.