Acting to save the lives of pets, the Oregon Humane Society today sized more than 40 cats and one dog from a Milwaukie man who had been under investigation for animal neglect. The first group of rescued animals will be arriving at OHS at approximately 2:40 pm this afternoon.
“The evidence strongly indicated that this was a potential cat hoarding case and that dozens of cats could be suffering from neglect,” said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine. All the animals will receive a medical exam and any needed care at the OHS Holman Medical Center.
OHS Humane Officers, along with officers from the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office, served a search warrant at the Milwaukie home earlier this afternoon. The search warrant authorized officers to remove all neglected animals at the property. Once inside the property, experienced animal handlers and veterinarians from OHS began the task of removing the animals.
OHS Investigators have been in contact with the individual for several years, encouraging him to spay and neuter his cats to avoid overcrowded conditions in his home. The recent investigation stems from a citizen complaint regarding possible neglect on the premises.
The first group of rescued pets, including 18 cats, will begin arriving at OHS, located at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. in Portland, at approximately 2:40 pm today. The OHS Holman Medical Center is fully equipped to provide any needed medical care for these pets. The media is invited to witness their arrival and initial treatment at OHS.
The pets are not available for adoption at this time, as they are considered evidence in a court case.
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The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest's oldest and largest humane society. OHS relies entirely on private donations to support its adoption, education, and animal cruelty investigation programs. Visit oregonhumane.org for more information.