Emergency 100 Cat Rescue leaves Shelter Overwhelmed

10 deceased cats were found in the house

Emergency 100 Cat Rescue leaves Shelter Overwhelmed
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Brenda Dushko

Brenda Dushko

Brenda Dushko is the Manager, Fund Development & Communication for the Oakville Milton Humane Society. A graduate of Sheridan College, Brenda has over 10 years in Fund Development for animal welfare and arts related charities.

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The Oakville & Milton Humane Society would like to update the community on the removal of 100 cats from a home in the Milton area which began on Thursday, September 5 continues today.

A warrant to remove the cats from the house at 16574 Steeles Avenue, Halton Hills was issued after the Oakville & Milton Humane Society received an anonymous tip from a member of the public about the home at this address that may have had as many as 200 cats living inside.

OSPCA Agent & OMHS Animal Protective Services Manager, Laura Mackasey attended the scene with a local veterinarian. It was determined that the animals needed to be removed immediately and OMHS staff attended to begin the removal process.

Photo Credit: OMHS

Photo Credit: OMHS

To date 80 cats have been removed from the home, have been examined by volunteer veterinarians and are being treated for any health concerns. There are approximately 20 cats remaining in the home which are being removed today and will be examined and cared for by the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. “Many of the cats were very timid and shy, so great care has to be taken to remove them with as little stress as possible” said Kim Millan, Executive Director for the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. In addition, 10 deceased cats were found in the house.

OSPCA Agent Laura Mackasey will be laying charges early next week in the investigation.

The Oakville & Milton Humane Society had 300 cats in their care before the removal. A temporary trailer was rented to accommodate the additional cats and the removal has severely stretched the resources of the shelter. A registered charity, the Oakville & Milton Humane Society receives no government funding or funding from any animal welfare organization to investigate and prosecute animal abuse, cruelty and neglect, or to care for animals in great need. The OMHS relies on the compassion and generosity of the community to “speak for those who cannot speak for themselves”.

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  1. Nancy M.C. says:

    I just have to say that as DISGUSTED as I am at the Person(s) that are responsible for the care, or lack thereof, of the Cats that came from this “Home”, I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL to the Person(s) that brought this matter forward to the Authorities before even more Cats met Their demise because of the horrible neglect They had to endured!!

    I also have to Thank ALL of the MANY PEOPLE that took part in this Rescue Mission to at least give Them a Chance at a second Life to be filled with nothing but Love!! This ENTIRE situation, no matter how You argue it, is so horrid that I could NEVER see Myself forgiving these people involved!! I say people because I would find it hard to believe that anyone who talked to JUST ONE Person claiming to have run a “Rescue” would CONTINUE to allow this many Animals to go to this “hell” without questioning who else is part of this so called “Rescue” or “No Kill Rescue/Shelter”!??!! It just doesn’t make sense!!!!!

    That said, THANK YOU GOD for sending these PRECIOUS Fur Babies Their Human Angels before things got even worse than They already are!! Thank You to Brenda ( the Lady who wrote this Article ) and ANYONE who has ever took part in Rescue Missions whether all They could do was Share a Picture or Donate a few dollars, it doesn’t take much to save a life of an Animal or to Show Them a little Love that lets Them know that NOT ALL Humans are abusive and that there are MANY Earth Angels that TRULY want to see the best for Our Furry Counterparts!!!!!

    THANK YOU GOD for sparing the lives of all that survived this tragedy and may You forever Rest the Souls of those that didn’t make it and let those that didn’t make it know that We WON’T STOP fighting and being Their Voices until the Person(s) responsible for this pays for the hurt They have caused!! In Your Name I Pray, AMEN!!!!! <3

    Thank You Brenda for this Article and for being a Voice for those that can't speak!! May God Bless You ALWAYS!!!!! =0)

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