Shamokin Dam, Pa .– At least 57 cats were rescued from a hoarding situation in Snyder County shortly after police discovered the cats in a Monroe Township storage unit.
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Bloomsburg’s Animal Resource Center (ARC) was alerted to the hoarding situation on September 21 after a volunteer saw a Facebook post from a concerned employee of the Econo Lodge in Shamokin Dam.
According to an CRA press release, the owners returned 15 cats on September 21 after several cats were found in two hotel rooms without food, water or litter. The volunteers discovered that the cats had been housed in a moving van and at the hotel for a week.
The owners, a couple from Long Island, New York, said they were closing a house in Mount Carmel, the statement said.
When volunteers arrived at the hotel on September 21 to pick up the cats, they found that all of the cats had fleas, many had upper respiratory tract infections, others had eye infections, four appeared to be pregnant, two young litters had already been born, and only two had been spayed or neutered. None of the cats had been checked, the statement said. A cat had to undergo emergency surgery to remove her eye due to a previous rupture.
Over the next few days, nearly 42 more cats were picked up from a moving van the couple had hired and the hotel. The cats were in crates with no food or water and only had cardboard inside instead of a litter box.
While the CRA didn’t have room for more additional cats, they turned a dog room into an emergency cat shelter. The statement said the CRA currently has fewer dogs than normal. Five of the cats have since gone to the Danville SPCA.
Pennsylvania State Police in Selinsgrove have charged John Muccio, 62, with a summary of animal cruelty. It is not known whether the couple have previous or pending negligence charges in New York City, the statement said.
The CRA is in desperate need of funds, Canned Friskies, cleaning supplies such as disinfectants, bleach and paper towels, kitchen and 33 gallon garbage bags, the Purina Kitten Chow and the Esbilac kitten milk.
Donations of these items can be dropped off at the ARC Garage Outlet at 2877 Skatetown Rd in Bloomsburg from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Millville Shelter, or purchased on ARC Amazon. wish list,
Donations can also be made on the website, at the ARC booth at Bloomsburg Fair at Liberty building, by Venmo or PayPal, or by mail to ARC, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
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