SPCA re­moves 60 cats from home

Vic­tims of ne­glect: Per­sians found in cages and carry-ons in­side homes

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Bannan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @pe­te­ban­nan on Twit­ter

WEST GOSHEN » Of­fi­cials at the Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA re­moved 60 ne­glected cats, mostly long­haired Per­sians, from a home in West White­land last week. The SPCA was no­ti­fied af­ter po­lice re­sponded to the home for a med­i­cal emer­gency.

Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA spokesper­son Linda Torelli said most of the cats suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant mat­ting and needed med­i­cal at­ten­tion for var­i­ous con­di­tions as­so­ci­ated with ne­glect. Mat­ted hair with fe­ces stuck in it was stick­ing to the, skin pulling it off as they tried to walk, she said. The cats were kept in cages, some air­port carry-ons, both in­side the house and out. She said there was fe­ces through­out the house.

The staff at the SPCA treated and groomed the cats, which she said in­cluded par­tial shav­ing of mat­ted fur, and they are now avail­able for adop­tion.

“They are in pretty good over­all heath now and its best to get

them into home,” Torelli said. “A good num­ber of the cats are un­der so­cial­ized, so they need to be given them a quiet place to ad­just, in a home set­ting.”

West White­land po­lice de­tec­tive Scott Pez­ick said po­liced as­sisted with the cat re­moval from a home in the 1300 block of Burke Road.

Torelli said Per­sian cats present a unique prob­lem be­cause of their ex­ten­sive hair and groom­ing re­quire­ments. She said Per­sians have a shorter fa­cial struc­ture from breed­ing and own­ers need to keep them well-groomed to avoid breath­ing problems.

Asked if any charges would be pressed, Tor­celli said, “the own­ers of the cats health was fail­ing and that per­son is mov­ing into a as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity. We will not be press­ing charges but cases like this are an im­por­tant re­minder to the com­mu­nity about an­i­mal aware­ness. A lot of th­ese cases come to us be­cause friends fam­ily or neigh­bors re­port them.”

To re­port a case of an­i­mal ne­glect or cru­elty you can con­tact the Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA at (484) 302-0018

The staff at Brandy­wine Val­ley han­dled an­other case of 32 se­verely ne­glected an­i­mals seized from a home in Seaford, Del., on Sun­day.

“Th­ese tragic cases are a re­minder of how im­por­tant it is for fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors to be alert for un­usual cir­cum­stances and to im­me­di­ately re­port sus­pected cru­elty or ne­glect,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. “We are hope­ful that the 91 sur­viv­ing an­i­mals from th­ese two cases will be able to find lov­ing homes.”

The Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA is ask­ing for do­na­tions to care for th­ese 92 an­i­mals from the two cases. Do­na­tions can be made at www.bvspca.org/seaford32 or by mail to: Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Ch­ester, PA 19380.

PETE BANNAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Brandy­wine Val­ley SPCA vol­un­teer Rox­anne Went holds one of the 60 cats that were res­cued from a home in West White­land and are now avail­able for adop­tion.

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Th­ese cages were used to keep cats in a home in West White­land. Some cats also were kept in air­port carry-on con­tain­ers. The cats were seized by the SPCA.

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The an­i­mals suf­fered ex­ten­sive mat­ting of hair.

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Most of the cats were Per­sians, which re­quire ad­di­tional groom­ing to keep their nose clear.

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