108 Cats Removed From Vacant Home

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Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is providing veterinarian care for several dozen cats that were removed from a vacant house. Most of the cats were sick, non-responsive or underweight. Approximately half of the cats were kittens.

“These animals were suffering needlessly from lack of proper medical care,” said Ted Stevens, Manager, Animal Care Services. “We’re fulfilling our obligation to intervene and make sure that these animals are treated humanely.”

On Sunday, the Long Beach Police Department notified ACS about multiple cats being stored in a house in the 3700 block of Marna Avenue. ACS responded and witnessed numerous cats that appeared to be in distress.

One cat was deceased at the home, and dozens of cats showed signs of severe illness. After a thorough review, ACS took possession of 108 cats under California Penal Code Section 597.1, which prohibits animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.

The cats were taken to the Long Beach Animal Shelter, where they are being evaluated by medical staff. Many of the cats are still being treated for illness and/or medical conditions. Unfortunately a second cat died, and some cats that were very sick and suffering had to be humanely euthanized.

This investigation is continuing. The cats are currently not available for adoption; the public will be notified when they are available for adoption.

Animal Care Services is located at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The Village is open Wednesday through Friday 10 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesday and holidays.

For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/acs or www.facebook.com/longbeachanimalcare.

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