Friday, August 28, 2009

WYANDOTTE: Dozens of cats rescued from one-bedroom apartment

By Jim Kasuba

A slew of Himalayan cats are being housed in the city’s animal shelter after their removal from a one-bedroom apartment.

The cats came to the attention of Animal Control Officer Charles Gillenwater through an anonymous caller who said that up to 40 cats were in an apartment in the 1300 block of Ford Avenue.

Gillenwater spoke to the tenants, a 58-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man, Aug. 12. The man said they had 13 cats while the woman said there were six, along with five kittens.

Gillenwater said as soon as he walked into the apartment building, he was overcome with the strong smell of cat urine. He told the couple he needed to see all of the cats to check on their well being.

Members of the Fire and Engineering departments also were called to the scene. Wearing air masks, Gillenwater and a firefighter entered the apartment to check on the cats.

Gillenwater said the apartment was messy and smelled of cat feces and urine..."