Animal hoarding case pushes Denver shelter to the limit

Posted By elaine on June 8, 2010

Photo Courtesy KUSA-TV

Denver Animal Control says they don’t have any more room for abandoned animals in shelters. That’s after dozens of cats, dogs, and birds were seized over the weekend.

Police say a woman was hoarding them in her Washington Park home according to a story on KUSA-TV.  Denver Police assisted Denver Animal Control Sunday evening to execute a search warrant after neighbors had complained.   When animal control entered the home they found 24 cats, 6 dogs, and 14 birds.

“They made an attempt to hide the animals from us. Anytime you have that many animals in a house in that type of condition it’s a bad situation for the animals – its a bad situation for everyone,” says Doug Kelley with Denver Animal Control.

Many of the animals were malnourished and dehydrated.  Kelley says many of the animals are feral and might have to be euthanized.   He also says that before this incident they were up to capacity, now they don’t know what to do.

“Right now we have 27 cats in our isolation room which pretty much fills it up so that means were really limited on the amount of room we have to move animals around- we need help,” Kelley said.

Animal control is working with the District Attorney’s office to see if any charges need to be filed against the owners.The month of June is ‘Adopt-a-cat month.’ With the shelter over-crowded, the shelter is reducing their cat adoption fees from $90 to $50 for the month of June.

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