Monday, November 2, 2009

Animals seized in Atmore

By Adam Prestridge

"...The Humane Society of Escambia County seized seven cats, a Scottish terrier and a cockatiel Thursday afternoon from an Atmore woman living with four dead cats in her home that is infested with feces and fleas.

According to Humane Society Director Renee Jones, the four dead cats discovered were in “various stages of decomposition.” She added that the live cats were dehydrated, emaciated and infested with fleas and that the dog was heavily matted.

“The house was full of feces and urine and the smell was absolutely overwhelming,” Jones said. “Humane Enforcement Officers Wes Burkley and Bryan Pugh were covered in fleas and had great difficulty breathing the ammonia laden air throughout the ordeal of locating the cats and capturing them for transport.”

The owner of the residence, whose name and address is being withheld at this time pending animal cruelty charges, admitted to knowing that two of the four cats were deceased, Jones said. The woman does, however, live inside the city limits..."

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