Saturday, April 23, 2011

Police finds 49 cats, fatally injured man in Vancouver Island home

The B.C. SPCA is seeking homes for 49 cats rescued in one of the "saddest and most disturbing cases of animal hoarding" officers say they've seen.

The cats were found when police attended an elderly couple's home in Cowichan, B.C., on April 18 after a 911 call from a woman in her 80s.

They found a man, also in his 80s, lying on the floor suffering injuries. It is believed he lay for several days before the woman called. He later died in hospital. Foul play is not suspected, and the woman is being treated for dementia at a care home.

"How this poor couple and all of these cats survived in the extreme filth and stench of that home is incomprehensible," said Sandi Trent with the Cowichan SPCA.

"There were massive piles of cat feces everywhere and the kitchen sink had backed up and flooded the rooms, adding to the unbearable odour."

SPCA Const. Dale Bakken said the 49 cats are in remarkably good condition given their ordeal..." More

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