By Jenn Marshall
Nearly 100 cats seized in Cedar last week likely won’t be returned to the owner.
The animals were taken Aug. 10 after a bailiff hired by the property owner to evict the tenant called the SPCA. The cats were living in poor conditions and some needed medical attention.
Leon Davis, manager of the Nanaimo and District SPCA, said the animals were seized legally because SPCA officials were invited in by the homeowner and the cats were considered abandoned because the tenant had nowhere to take them.
But the shelter must follow strict legal guidelines before allowing the cats to be adopted.
Owners have four days after seizure to ask that their animals be returned to them and then two weeks to submit reasons why the animals should be returned and what provisions will be made for them.
“She has stated that she would like to have them back and so we will wait and see what she comes up [by Aug. 24],” said Davis. “There’s no evidence this owner has anywhere she can take the cats. It’s just not going to happen, in my opinion.”..." More