Fifty-six cats have been removed from a home in Greater Victoria after they were found in a “hoarding situation”.
The Victoria branch of the BC SPCA said the cats were found in overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions, with many of them suffering from dehydration and untreated medical conditions.
“Our officers were called to attend a Victoria property where the cats lived and the couple cooperated fully in surrendering the animals for care,” says Annie Prittie Bell, manager of the Victoria SPCA.
The cats range from a year old to age 14.
Investigators say no charges are being recommended against the cats’ owners because they willingly surrendered the animals.
Other Cats Transferred to Make Room For New Arrivals
Earlier this week the Victoria SPCA transferred all other cats in the facility to other SPCA shelters in order to make room for the influx of cats from the surrender.
“The shelter is still open but we are closed for adoptions so that our staff and volunteers can focus on the work of assessing and treating the 55 new arrivals,” says Prittie Bell.
Individual assessments and treatment plans are being carried out for each animal. Once the animals are healthy they will be available for adoption.
“This influx of cats has definitely put pressure on our shelter and we really appreciate any help the public can provide in helping with the costs for these animals,” says Prittie Bell.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Victoria SPCA can do so online or in person at 3150 Napier Lane in Victoria.