Dozens of cats recovered from southwest Detroit house

Dozens of cats and kittens are removed from a home but it wasn't neighbors who complained.

It was the southwest Detroit homeowner who called out for help.

Residents living in this neighborhood are no stranger to seeing cats scampering from one house to another.  But a rescue group called out to one home in particular, weren't prepared for what they found.

An assembly line of rescuers were armed with crates and cages Wednesday.

"That's why all rescues push (getting animals) spayed or neutered," volunteer Jessica Miller Ramirez said.

Even for the pros at the Detroit Animal Welfare group, this isn't easy.

"It's hard to see them like this," said Terri Looby, from the Detroit Animal Welfare Group. "But we're going to get them good homes and they're going to be good."

Crates were brought into this southwest Detroit home empty and come back full.

"How many do you have in that one," one volunteer asks another.

"Four," he said.

From here the group known as DAWG will take them to a veterinarian to get checked out. This group was told there were dozens of cats and kittens inside. 

"When people don't let you inside to do a assessment yourself,  it usually means there is more than what they are telling you. He told me 40."

"We are emotional because we are seeing it. But you have to think of the emotions they are going through because they are letting them go."

The homeowners, a man and his blind wife, told the rescuers they can't care for his animals and will soon be losing their home.

"I reached out to her and they came," said the man who lives there. "Because they help cats in the neighborhood."

His neighbors were also quick to his defense.  

"Friendly, nice people," said James Nagy, a neighbor. "They help people. They do take care of their cats. They keep them fed.. She brings in cat food every week. Every week she brings in two big bags of food.

"Cats multiply quick and cats are not something you keep contained easy."

Ramirez said the couple did the right thing reaching out for help instead of letting the cats loose on the street.

A total of 21 cats were pulled from the home today. DAWG will be back tomorrow for the rest, at the owner's request.

The cats will go to a foster house and then get put up for adoption through the Detroit Animal Welfare Group Facebook page. Click on the link for more information.
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