Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Etobicoke Humane Society Press Release - 30 Cats Seized From Etobicoke Residence

1500 Royal York Rd., Suite E, Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario, Canada M9P 3B6
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information on this case, contact Jerry Higgins at 416-560-6846.

30 CATS SEIZED FROM ETOBICOKE RESIDENCE

(Jan. 25, 2011. Etobicoke) - On January 21, 2011 3:00pm, volunteer cruelty officers of Etobicoke Humane Society, armed with warrants - along with officers of Toronto Animal Services West – removed 30 cats from an Islington Avenue apartment residence in Etobicoke .

Said Higgins, “Many of these poor cats were suffering from various illnesses and diseases such as upper respiratory infection, FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) and even neurological problems. Two of the felines were so critically ill that a veterinarian recommended euthanasia. One of the cats was very emaciated and appeared to have bleeding from the eyes and nose. And of course, they had the awful smell often seen in
hoarding cases.”

Some of the cats are still at the Etobicoke Veterinary Emergency Clinic, a few are at Toronto Animal Services on The East Mall, and the rest are in isolation at the Etobicoke Humane Society. All of these animals have been and/or will be seen by a vet and treated as needed.

Said Higgins: “The scope of animal hoarding is frightening. We had four large cases last year, and now we have a large case before the first month of the new year is over. We will continue to use all available means to remind the public what a serious issue this is. Not only is animal hoarding cruel and dangerous for the animals, but it’s a health hazard to the humans living with those animals. In addition, when animals in these conditions roam freely, they are a health threat to all animals they meet. Permitting animals to be in distress is against the law! ”

Jennie Grado, Adoption Coordinator of the Etobicoke Humane Society said “It's unknown when these cats will be available for adoption but our volunteers are literally working day and night to care for them including starting proper nutrition, and ensure that medical needs are met. Unfortunately, we’ve gained a lot of experience in the last year with hoarding cases and the unique challenges that come along with animals from these situations. They will need intense care and compassion in the new few months."

William Blain, President of the Etobicoke Humane Society reminds us: “This sad case highlights just one of the many reasons that the Etobicoke Humane Society volunteers have been serving the Eotbicoke community for over 20 years, and why we continue to do so, and continue to need the support of Etobicoke residents and businesses. We see, know and feel - first hand - the plight of the animals in this community, and we are at the forefront of the effort to protect, care for and find homes for them, and to educate the public about this and many other animal related issues.”

For more information the Etobicoke Humane Society, please call 416-249-6100 or visit www.etobicokehumanesociety.com. The Etobicoke Humane Society (EHS) is located at 1500 Royal York Road, (in Royal York Plaza), Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3B6. EHS is an all-volunteer, registered charity.
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