Rescue group finds "horde" of 200 cats

January 8, 2009 10:50:32 AM PST
A combined force of volunteers and rescue agency Rescue Ink came to the aid of a houseful of cats discovered on Crystal Beach Blvd. in Moriches, Long Island. The house was occupied by three people, including a woman in her 80s. It was believed the owners started with just a few cats as pets. But the problem grew over time until the people felt they were overwhelmed. That's when they reached out to several animal rescue agencies.

One of the Rescue Ink representatives told Eyewitness News the owners could not be considered "bad people," the cats were fed although there was little food to be found in the refrigerator.

On Wednesday, rescuers entered the home and began treating the cats for parasites and ear mites. The priorities were kittens and pregnant cats. At least fifty cats were vaccinated. The agency said it would return to the home by the end of the week and check on the animals.

Healthy cats will be removed from the home provided with further medical treatment and be put up for adoption.

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