Monday, November 15, 2010

Local man facing dozens of charges for neglecting 40 cats

TAMPA - Opie and Sammy are alive, but traumatized. They were among a group of 40 abused cats, rescued and brought to Hillsborough County Animal Services.

"Skin and eye conditions, dermititis, conjunctivitus, ear mites. Over one half of the cats were emaciated and were in bad condition," said Marti Ryan, with Animal Services.

The two cats have barely moved, haven't eaten in 24 hours and don't know how to use the litter box. But they're still better off than the other cats. The rest of the group, 38 of them, had to be put to sleep.

"Their diseases were so significant, they were at risk to all the animals in our shelter," said Ryan.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Kevin Addison is to blame.

After getting a tip, Animal Services investigated Tuesday and found all the cats living inside his home, along the 300 block of Pecos Way. Offiicials with animal services say the stench cannot be described. In fact , the floor was unstable because of the weight of all the feces..." More

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