As Omcat volunteers entered the filthy, smelly and dark house, the were greeted by a box of 5 ten-days’ old kittens in a cardboard box. 3 of them had died from malnutrition / dehydration. The other 2 were crawling weakly over the carcasses of the 3 dead kittens.
The house was a sad sight. Layers of urine-soaked newspapers covered with defecation were strewn all over the unkempt house. The stench was unbearable and all the windows were tightly shut to keep the smell in.
Omcat volunteers were greeted by 30+ starving, emaciated cats. 7 of the 30+ cats were kittens ranging from 2 – 6 months old. They were weak, hungry and had been starved for at least 3 weeks. They were more than relieved when food was quickly placed on the ground for them.
Suddenly, from no where came a dirty and skinny Shitzu dog with matted fur, lunging for the food. A couple of starving cats started slapping her and she quickly went to cower in a corner. As Omcat volunteers only had cat food on them, they quickly gave some to the hungry dog.
Then came more gruesome discovery!!
A 2 feet cage, covered completely with cloth. As the volunteers lifted up the cloth, they were shocked to see a dirty, smelly dog covered in its own filth and eating poo!! It appeared to be a Silky Terrier with severe skin problem.
There were 2 other dogs in the house, in rather bad condition as well. One is a Jack Russell and the other is a Silky Terrier.
The story behind this out-of-control situation is a rather sad one. An elderly couple, out of compassion, rescued animals from the community. The wife is ill and not working, while the husband earns a very low income. The step-son is still quite young and entering N.S. soon. The wife had suddenly passed away and the husband is in a daze. They couldn’t afford food for the cats and in his depressed state, the animals were unfortunate victims of neglect. The rental flat will be taken away as the husband and wife are not legally married (on paper). The man and the step-son will be homeless.
Omcat volunteers would like to appeal to kind volunteers to please help out with:
1. food (cat and dog)
2. sterilisation and medical funding
3. Dettol spray to disinfect the area (Dettol kills flu virus, among other viruses)
4. adoption of dogs, kittens, cats
Omcat volunteers brought the badly matted Shitzu back for a good groom so that she could potentially be adopted. She’s the healthier of the lot and she is extremely mild. No barking at all the whole time, not even being left in the cage, and gets along well with other cats and dogs. She’s our first Adoption candidate. Please help spread the word.
If you can answer to our appeal for help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the complete album of the house and the animals.
|Another Hoarder House Uncovered – Circuit Road|