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UPDATE 3: 44 cats, 8 dogs rescued from house

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APISON, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) - A massive animal rescue in Apison, Wednesday, has left the Humane Educational Society in a lurch.

The H.E.S. is asking the community for support after rescuing 44 cats and eight dogs.

"Uh, walked into a very sad situation," says Guy Bilyeu with HES.

A clear case of animal hoarding, dozens of cats and eight dogs rescued from a house on East Brainerd Road.

Apparently, for health reasons, the elderly couple who lived here can no longer call it home.  Their son, who lives out of state, arranged for the animal surrender.

"There are spay/neuter options available. There are low cost options, free options.  There's no reason for it to get like this," says Bilyeu. "My understanding is the owner did not believe in altering animals, so they're not spayed or neutered."

That would explain the number of kittens.

"Many of them are sick and have skin issues," says Bilyeu.

They, along with the dogs which appeared to be in pretty good shape, are quarantined, at the Humane Educational Society, away from the 300 cats already there, waiting to be adopted.

"And the thing is, it doesn't have to be these cats that you adopt, because every cat there needs a home and the more space we free up, the more energy we can spend on these guys," says Bilyeu.

There will be no charges in this since it was a voluntary surrender, but this influx of animals leaves H.E.S. in need, of litter and litter pans, food, water bowls and adoptions.

"Please, if you know anybody that has a situation like this, call the Humane Society.  Let us know, because, it's gonna end up like this.  And we don't want to come in as law enforcement to cite people to court.  We want to help people solve their problems," says Bilyeu.

Bilyeu says there are still at least three cats in the house, maybe more.  They'll try to lure them out or trap them in the coming days.

If like to help, find details at heschatt.com and cat adoptions are $35 through the month of June.


APISON, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) - The Hamilton County Humane Educational Society has rescued over 50 animals from one house.

The house is located on East Brainerd Road.

HCHES rescued 44 cats and eight dogs from the home. HCHES says at least 3 more cats are still in the house.

The elderly couple that lived in the home had recently moved out due to health issues. The couple's son called HCHES to help the animals.

Some of the animals have health concerns. All the animals were taken to HCHES for evaluation.


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