Humane Society Gains Full Custody of 108 Cats Seized in Vernon

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The Humane Society of North Texas said they have full custody of 108 cats who were seized from “deplorable conditions” in Vernon last Thursday. 

“It’s just pathetic,” neighbor, Ricky Taylor, said. “It’s nasty. You know, it’s not right for the animals. I just don’t agree with it.”

The Humane Society of North Texas said the condition of the home in the 3500 block of 1st Street was deplorable. 

“And instead of any litter boxes, they had converted the dining room into one large litter box by pouring mulch and wood shavings onto the floor,” Whitney Hanson with the Humane Society of North Texas said. “It did not appear that that had been cleaned in sometime.” 
 
Vernon officials called PETA for help, who contacted the Humane Society of North Texas. 
 
“I mean… I had heard that there was a bunch of cats in that house,” Taylor said. “But that many? No, I had no idea.” 
 
Wichita Falls Animal Services officials said hoarding like this is usually because of a mental health issue. 
 
“When they begin to hoard animals, they feel like they are doing the right thing for the animal and they love animals very much,” Animal Services Administrator, Katrena Mitchell, said. “So they just start collecting them and they get over their heads.” 
 
The custody of the cats was officially signed over to the Humane Society on Friday. They are dealing with hefty medical and care costs. 
 
“Parasitic infection such as fleas, ear mites and intestinal parasites….different types of worms,” Hanson said. “But we did have a lot of cats with upper respiratory infections. Many of them were pregnant. We’ve already had two give birth.” 
 
The Humane Society said the majority will be up for adoption within the coming weeks. 
 
A man, who lives in the home, did not want to be on camera, but he said the cats were not abused, were well-loved and fed.
 
 

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