An un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion

Many cats taken from con­tam­i­nated house were eu­th­a­nized

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - FRANK GALE [email protected]­ern­star.com

STEPHENVIL­LE, N.L. — When the call came to help at a house over­crowded with cats at 17 King St. in Stephenvil­le, the South­west Coast SPCA was there.

SPCA chair Ted White said the RCMP ini­ti­ated the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and two SPCA mem­bers went along on three oc­ca­sions to as­sist in re­mov­ing 85 cats.

He said in this sit­u­a­tion, each cat was in­di­vid­u­ally eval­u­ated by a vet­eri­nar­ian with West Coast Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices. Af­ter de­ter­min­ing which cats were healthy, the SPCA was brought in to find homes for them.

The Town of Stephenvil­le was re­spon­si­ble for re­mov­ing and trans­fer­ring the cats to the pound, where the eval­u­a­tions were done. The SPCA pro­vided two peo­ple to help round up the fe­lines and give po­lice in­struc­tions on how to han­dle them.

Un­for­tu­nately, White said, many of the cats were dis­eased, sick, in­fected and filled with tu­mours. Fif­teen adult cats and 12 kit­tens were saved af­ter they were de­ter­mined to be healthy.

“If the cats are sick, you have to eu­th­a­nize them. It’s the hu­mane thing to do,” White told the Western Star.

White said he holds no mal­ice to­ward the man who had the cats as he didn’t do any phys­i­cal harm to them and was feed­ing them the best he could.

“He loved those cats and be­lieved he was pro­vid­ing them shel­ter,” he said.

The man was a rental ten­ant in the since de­mol­ished home.

White said the ten­ant had about eight cats early on, but he got over­whelmed be­cause cats can re­pro­duce so quickly.

“Hav­ing pets spayed or neutered pre­vents this from hap­pen­ing. It re­ally only takes months for a cat colony to be formed,” he said.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Ted White is the chair­man of the South­west Coast SPCA.

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