14 cats spared euthanasia by out-of-state rescue group

14 cats spared euthanasia by out-of-state rescue group

Posted: Updated: Nov 9, 2013 5:05 PM
41 cats were taken from a West Knoxville home in October where they were found in inhumane conditions. (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) 41 cats were taken from a West Knoxville home in October where they were found in inhumane conditions. (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
An anonymous out-of-state organization rescued 14 cats from euthanization at Young-Williams Animal Center. Officials say the animals had ringworm. An anonymous out-of-state organization rescued 14 cats from euthanization at Young-Williams Animal Center. Officials say the animals had ringworm.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some of the 41 cats that were seized from Almost Home Animal Rescue in West Knox County are being spared euthanasia today after an out-of-state rescue organization made donation. 

Young-Williams Animal Center said Friday it would have to euthanize 14 of the cats being held from the seizure due to ringworm infection. After the announcement, an unnamed rescue group made a donation that will allow a local veterinarian to treat the animals. 

"My reaction? Tears. I cried. It just made me happy," said Monica Brown, Director of Shelter Operations at Young-Williams Animal Center. "We don't come to work here wanting to euthanize animals, and to know that 14 more could be saved, it just gives us more space in the building. It gives us more opportunities to save more cats."

After treatment, healthy cats will receive a Certificate of Health, which will allow them to travel across state lines to be placed with that rescue group.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Animal Control officers seized 41 cats in October from the home-run animal rescue in West Knoxville.

Annette Traore, 46, owns the home and was cited for cruelty to animals. 

Traore refused to surrender ownership of the cats taken from her basement and is responsible for all fees associated with their care at Young-Williams.

Officers said many of the cats were found in inhumane conditions. Traore insisted the cats were well cared for and 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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