Burrillville animal control caring for 25 cats removed from hoarding home
BURRILLVILLE – Five of the 25 cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Burrillville last week will need to have at least one eye removed due to untreated infections and ulcers.
Described as one of the worst feline hoarding situations the town has seen in years, officials with the Burrillville Animal Control Department said all 25 cats taken from the home are in need of various levels of veterinary care, including five felines who will be required to undergo eye enucleation.
A sixth cat with severe untreated infections and ulcers in both eyes was transferred to the Providence Animal Control Center, as were two others.
Four of the rescued cats were pregnant, and nearly all of them were suffering from upper respiratory infections, some worse than others, officials said.
All of the cats require Felv/ FIV testing, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering
“Every cat has already been examined by veterinarians and received needed medications,” the animal control department said in a statement Friday. “Surgeries will be scheduled in the coming weeks as the cats become well enough for anesthesia.”
There are a few that will be ready for adoption quickly, and the department says it will post information on social media as soon as they are available.
In the meantime, the department is seeking financial assistance from the public to help with the mounting veterinary bills, especially for the eye surgeries, which will
be performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist.
An enucleation surgery for a feline can cost upwards of $1,000, which also includes preoperative and postoperative care.
“We are also working with other groups to transfer when health and space permit,” the department said.
Donations will be used solely for veterinary care for shelter animals.
Donations can be dropped off in person at the shelter at 131 Clear River Drive in Oakland, or by mail to Burrillville Animal Control, 105 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, RI 02830. Donations can also be made via PayPal at www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/ webscr.
Burrillville Animal Control released these pictures Friday of a group of cats it said were rescued last week from a hoarding situation.