Sunday, May 23, 2010

Large Number of Animal Surrenders Increasing

By Mariana Hicks

The Nevada Humane Society says they are seeing an increase in people surrendering large numbers of animals at one time. In fact, they are still trying to find homes for five cats recently surrendered.

There have been two large number animal surrenders recently. One was in Sun Valley, the other in Cold Springs. Between the two, dozens of cats were turned in.

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It may start out as a hobby, having a few pets. But without warning, litters get out of control and owners are left feeling overwhelmed.

"You have a couple cats for instance,” Bobby Smith with Animal Control said. “They have kittens, you can't get rid of them, not sure how to get rid of them or find homes for them."

The Humane Society says it’s becoming more common lately.

"Cats in the case here can breed very quickly,” Lilli Walker said. “In the matter of a year, a couple of cats can turn into a basic hoarding situation and you have a number of cats."

The main difference between the two cases: the Sun Valley cats were well-cared for and socialized. Their owners just got in over their heads.

It was different for the animals from Cold Spring, who needed medical care. They either had respiratory illnesses or eye infections which caused blindness. There are two cats who have had both of their eyes removed. However, none of them were sick enough to be euthanized.

The owners will not face any charges.

Animal Control said they try to work with owners to get the pets taken care of.

"It doesn't always end in prosecution,” Smith said. “It depends on the situation. So it's a case-by-case basis and through investigation, we'll determine which way to do.”..." More & video

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