Neighbors surprised by number of cats seized from rescue

Neighbors surprised by number of cats seized from rescue organization home

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Knox County Animal Control officers and the Young William Animal Center went to a Coburn Drive home where Annette Traore operates an animal rescue organization. Knox County Animal Control officers and the Young William Animal Center went to a Coburn Drive home where Annette Traore operates an animal rescue organization.
Rich McCord works with the Feral Feline Friends organization and he says there are rules on the number of cats a rescue or foster group is allowed to house. Rich McCord works with the Feral Feline Friends organization and he says there are rules on the number of cats a rescue or foster group is allowed to house.
"I saw Animal Control officers pulling in every which direction and one of them was pulling a big red trailer," said Jack Grubb, who lives next door. "I saw Animal Control officers pulling in every which direction and one of them was pulling a big red trailer," said Jack Grubb, who lives next door.
"They're doing it because they're trying to save a life and reason I say I can sympathize is because it's so hard to say no," added McCord. "They're doing it because they're trying to save a life and reason I say I can sympathize is because it's so hard to say no," added McCord.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

How many is too many? That's the question some are asking after a woman had 41 cats seized from her home. She's now cited with cruelty to animals.

Knox County Animal Control officers and the Young William Animal Center went to a Coburn Drive home Monday night. The owner, Annette Traore, operates an animal rescue organization from her home. Officials received complaints about inhumane conditions.

Neighbors say they were not shocked to see Animal Control officers next door. In fact, Animal Control has been to this house twice in the last year because of complaints.

Officers sent 6 News a picture of one of the 41 cats taken from the Almost Home Animal Rescue organization.

"I saw Animal Control officers pulling in every which direction and one of them was pulling a big red trailer," said Jack Grubb, who lives next door. 

Grubb says he knew his neighbor was running a rescue organization but he didn't realize how many animals Traore was taking in.

"Looked like that trailer was just about full of animal cages and I thought what is going on," added Grubb.

So how many is too many? Rich McCord works with the Feral Feline Friends organization. He says there are rules on the number of cats a rescue or foster group is allowed to house.

"The current law is five animals per person per household," said McCord.

But McCord says that number is constantly changing because every day cats are being dropped off, adopted, or sent to another foster location. That's why organizations essentially police each other.

McCord says he understands how any rescuer can become overwhelmed.

"They're doing it because they're trying to save a life and reason I say I can sympathize is because it's so hard to say no," added McCord.

All of Traore's cats are still owned by her and they're being cared for at the Young Williams Animal Center. Traore has been unavailable for comment.

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