Thursday, July 15, 2010

75 CATS SEIZED: May be largest animal hoarding incident in Hesperia in recent years

Code Enforcement and Animal Control officers worked for nearly four hours to remove 75 cats from an elderly man's home Tuesday afternoon, making it one of Hesperia's largest cat hoarding incidents in recent years, officials said.

"We're not done yet, but we expect to have about 80 cats when we're done," Animal Control Supervisor Suzanne Edson said.

A postal employee became concerned for the well being of the elderly man and called Animal Control to check on his welfare, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.

Authorities arrived at the home on Mesa Street near 11th Avenue and discovered the large colony of felines.

The two-bedroom home had cats in every room and there was a large amount of feces and urine in the dwelling, officials reported..." More

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