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Humane society rescues dozens of cats


MEDFORD (WAOW) -- Neglected pets fill the Taylor County Humane Society. Workers say there's not much room left.

A Rib Lake man died last week and left behind a home overrun with more than sixty neglected cats and several dogs.

The shelter rescued more than forty of the animals.

Humane society workers say all the cats were mmalnourishedand had several infections. Many were too weak to run.

Twenty-seven cats were so ill they had to be put down.

"We are at full capacity," said Marty Petersen, the Taylor County Humane Society's Vice President. "This is a stretch because we have fifteen kittens and we're probably going to get a least another six to ten kittens."

Employees are working hard to socialize the animals so they can be adopted.

"We can get them to be good, social, loving cats and they are well on their way," said Petersen.

The Taylor County CChiefDeputy says this is a difficult situation because the owner is no longer alive.

"They're basically stray animals. There's no action law enforcement is going to take in this case," said Larry Woebbeking, the Taylor County Chief Deputy.

It is up to the humane society to save the animals.

"We're going to go out there every day until we catch them all and we're not going to leave any behind," said Petersen.

All of the cats will be vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

Workers at the Taylor County Humane Society say the kittens will be ready for adoption by early November.

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