Cats rescued from Detroit hoarder receiving care

A Detroit man called animal rescue for help to take care of his pets; he said he just couldn't do it anymore. When they arrived, it wasn't just a few, it was dozens. Now they're being treated by a vet and some may get a second chance.

The old saying is that cats have nine lives. Shera Osier with Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) hopes that the next one for these cats rescued from a Detroit home, will be significantly better.

"A lot of them are missing eyes. Some of them have upper respiratory infections. A lot of them aren't just missing one eye, but their other is is completely glossed over as if they are blind." Osier said.

FOX 2 was at the home Wednesday when the cats were rescued. The owner said he was being forced out and his animals needed a place to go. That's where Osier and DAWG stepped in. She's helping to care for cats.

On Wednesday, 21 cats were removed from the home. On Thursday to returned to recover even more felines but an accurate count was not available. Some of the cats went to the vet but many ended up at DAWG's headquarters in Romeo.

"Right now, our position is to get these cats into foster homes. Once they're vetted and we make sure they're safe, we'll get them adopted out to homes," Osier said.

Osier says DAWG's goal is to get the cats adopted into loving homes, but first they need some medical attention.

Fox 2 went back to the owner's home Thursday to learn why he was hoarding so many cats and why he waited to get help. Our knocks went unanswered and the only sign of life at the house was a single cat in an upstairs window. 

Will the homeowner be charged? The Michigan Humane Society says it's not investigating this case but sometimes legal action is required

"Sometimes (we) do have to take to court and sometimes have (we) do have to have no ownership orders because they are going to continue collecting animals,"  Deborah McDonald with the Michigan Humane Society said.

But the volunteers at DAWG say they just want to prevent situations like this from happening again by owners spaying and neutering their pets.

DAWG says they are planning to rescue more cats from this home and that means even more loving homes are needed 

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