A 12-year-old child is now in the custody of CPS after more than 100 cats and kittens were taken from a New Paltz apartment complex Wednesday. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more.
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- “The child itself was suffering from repeated lung issues, that’s how the complaint initially came to CPS… I have never seen that many cats in that small of a place, honestly,” said Adam Saunders, animal cruelty investigator.
A child taken from their home, along with 105 cats and kittens. Ulster County SPCA Cruelty Investigators say the overwhelming numbers were causing illness all around.
“For cats in particular, the ammonia content in their urine is very high and when you have that in a high concentration and a closed environment such as a small apartment is can affect respiratory condition,” said Saunders.
Saunders says while they didn’t show signs of long-term exposure, many were suffering from mild respiratory or intestinal illnesses.
“There was no real care given. No medical care offered. There was no obviously access to clean air they were in a closed in apartment and the windows weren’t even open,” said Saunders.
The animals have since been brought here to the SPCA in Kingston where they’re now being caged and medically assessed. Saunders says while little care was given, the owner appeared to have spread her attention amongst the animals, and further recognized the situation was out of control.
“She desperately wanted help getting the animals out to avoid further interaction with CPS,” said Saunders.
And now for the SPCA, it’s all hands on deck, working to get the animals vaccinated, spayed and neutered, in the hopes they’ll soon find these friendly felines new loving homes.