By Tim Petruk
There is a thin line Kent Kokoska has come to know quite well.
In his eight years as a BCSPCA special provincial constable — one of two such officers tasked with investigating alleged animal-cruelty cases in Kamloops and the surrounding area — Kokoska has been inside a lot of houses and seen a lot of pets.
In some homes, there’s nothing amiss.
Sometimes, however, animals — usually cats, and usually many of them — are made to live in deplorable conditions.
Cat hoarding, according to Kokoska, is not something confined to the world of reality TV and fictional films — it’s taking place right here, in and around Kamloops...
On Jan. 4, they searched the home.
The next day, they returned and seized 31 cats — all of whom had been living in unspeakable conditions, Kokoska said.
“There was a layer of pack-rat feces — almost a surreal fecal carpet — on the attic floor,” he said.
“The house had been unoccupied for a long period of time and someone thought they could put these cats there.”..." More