33 cats taken from pet-hoarder - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7:00 am / Updated at 12:15 pm
33 cats taken from pet-hoarder

It could have been worse, said Sue Baker, animal control officer for the Plattsmouth Police Dept. A lot worse.

Thirty-three adult cats were confiscated from a woman's mobile home Monday in Plattsmouth after Baker determined that the woman was "hoarding" the animals.

All of the cats had been spayed and neutered, Baker said, which kept the numbers down.

On Tuesday, Baker wouldn't name the woman or give her age, but she described her as "a little older." Baker also said the woman would not face any charges because "we believe we can alleviate this situation in a different way."

She said the mobile home has been condemned and family members have become more active in helping the woman.

The cats are being kept at the Plattsmouth Animal Shelter and will be up for adoption in about two weeks. They are all suffering from various ailments, she said, such as ear mites, some skin and dental issues, and upper respiratory illnesses.

"But it wasn't as bad as we expected," said Baker, who was setting traps outside the home Tuesday morning hoping to catch about six feral cats roaming near the house.

"These are good cats," Baker said. "But, in her mind, she thought she was helping them."

About 20 people from six animal rescue organizations helped get the cats out of the mobile home, she said.

"I've seen a lot of cat houses," Baker said. "But these were absolutely deplorable conditions."

Baker said she visited the woman two years ago and found about 60 cats in the mobile home.

"We got her down to 20 cats, one at a time," she said. "We thought she was doing better."

Donations are being accepted to help with the cats' care at: happypawsplattsmouth.com.

Contact the writer: Jay Withrow

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Jay covers crime, weather, breaking news and other stories for Omaha.com.

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