Bur­ril­lville an­i­mal con­trol car­ing for 25 cats re­moved from hoard­ing home

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­call.com

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/Face­book

Bur­ril­lville An­i­mal Con­trol re­leased these pic­tures Fri­day of a group of cats it said were res­cued last week from a hoard­ing si­t­u­a­tion.

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