Someone hoarded 40 felines in a Vancouver home with ‘piles of garbage and feces’


It was raining cats and kittens at the BC SPCA after 40 felines were surrendered from one Vancouver property.

SPCA Special Provincial Constables had received a concern regarding a number of cats at a a local property and BC SPCA Animal Protection Officers went to inspect. They found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces with inadequate access to water, lack of ventilation and high levels of ammonia from urine.

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Kittens were found covered in fleas to the point of becoming anemic. The property owners surrendered the cats and kittens to the SPCA.

“The owners did the right thing by surrendering these cats as it was clear that the situation had gotten out of control for everyone involved,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager, communications.

“Animal hoarding is considered a mental health disorder that causes suffering for both humans and animals.”

Currently, the cats are being cared for at various SPCA branches and foster homes across the Lower Mainland. They aren’t ready for adoption, and the adults will need several months of behaviour modification to become socialized and well-adjusted enough to thrive in loving homes.

“The BC SPCA has charged this property owner in the past and will be recommending charges again in this case,” says Chortyk.

The BC SPCA investigates nearly 10,000 complaints of animal cruelty and abuse each year in British Columbia.

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