14 cats seized at West Knox County home to be euthanized

14 cats seized at West Knox County home to be euthanized

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Young Williams Animal Center said Friday it will have to euthanize 14 of the 41 cats seized at a West Knoxville home by animal control officers last month. Young Williams Animal Center said Friday it will have to euthanize 14 of the 41 cats seized at a West Knoxville home by animal control officers last month.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Young Williams Animal Center said Friday it will have to euthanize 14 of the 41 cats seized at a West Knox County home by animal control officers last month.

Officials say the cats were infected with ringworm prior to their admission and continue to endanger the 200 healthy cats and all animals currently housed at the center.

"As an open-admissions shelter that takes in more than 14,000 animals each year, we cannot put the healthy animals in this building at risk of getting sick," Young Williams CEO Jeff Ashin said. "We are tasked with making these heartbreaking decisions based on the best care for all of the animals in our facility, and we have exhausted any opportunities to transfer the cats to rescue groups.

Young Williams has been caring for the cats since their were seized from the home of Annette Traore on Oct. 7. She operated an animal rescue organization called "Almost Home Animal Rescue." She was cited for cruelty to animals.

Officers said many of the cats were found in inhumane conditions. Traore insisted the cats were well cared for. She also said the reason she was housing that many cats was because she recently lost a contract with a retailer helping with adoptions.

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