Dead or Days Away from Dying

By Max Resnik

February 5, 2011 Updated Feb 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – For Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, it began as a call to check on stray cats. They soon found out the call would mean discovering nearly two dozen cats days from death.

The call was made early this afternoon at a home on Forest Ridge Drive in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control walked into a home with 19 cats. Three of them were dead while 16 were found suffering from obvious respiratory illness. Animal Care and Control say the cats could barely see. Their were eyes were almost completely crusted over. The 16 cats that were found had to be euthanized.

The cats were found in what was described as three to four inches of feces and urine. The call began as a response to a neighbor who called, concerned about how the former homeowner fed stray cats.

That homeowner, according to a neighbor, died one week ago. The cats were left to fend for themselves in what Peggy Bender, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Community Relations and Education Specialist, described as a horrendous and horrific scene.

She says it’s time that people speak up about these kinds of situations and that they occur more often than most think. Bender says it’s not just about the health of the animals, but human health, the safety of a home and of a neighborhood.

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