44 Pets Rescued in Hoarding Investigation

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Hoarding Survivor


After spending weeks gathering evidence, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Animal Law Enforcement officers obtained and executed a warrant authorizing them to remove more than 40 cats and three dogs from a condemned residence. The conditions of the house were deplorable: furniture was piled up, feces and urine staining were widespread, and the ammonia levels were 20 to 50 times higher than deemed safe. The owner of the cats, Debra Minor, has been charged with cruelty to animals.

Ten HSPPR staff members, including seven officers and a veterinarian, spent four hours inside the house in central Colorado Springs rescuing the cats and dogs. Cats had sought shelter in all corners throughout the three levels of the home. Some of the cats were caught inside the walls, requiring significant rescue efforts. They were brought back to HSPPR and given immediate medical attention.

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Infected teethMany of the cats were treated for upper respiratory infections, and many have additional medical problems including severe dental disease. All of the cats also underwent testing for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. Of the three dogs rescued, one Chihuahua had a femur fracture that had not been treated and that had healed improperly. HSPPR veterinarians are assessing the best course of treatment.

HSPPR is seeking loving new homes for these pets. Although most of these cats seem well adjusted, they might need some time and love to get used to a new household, as well as patience and consistency from their new owners.

Injured eyeTwelve of the cats are available for adoption. Many of the other cats, as well as the three dogs, are still undergoing medical treatment. The cost to HSPPR for providing necessary care and preparing them for adoption is estimated at $9,800.

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