UPDATE 02:31pm September 22, 2011: The following four photos were just provided to Eye On Annapolis by the Anne Arundel County Police Department. These were taken during the seizure of the 67 cats from the Cool Cats Rescue Center in Severna Park, Maryland.
On the morning of Wednesday, September 21, 2011, the Anne Arundel County Animal Control in coordination with the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Eastern District, The Humane Society of the United States and contributions from PetSmart Charities seized 67 cats from Cool Cats Rescue Center located at 546 Benfield Road in Severna Park, Maryland. The cats were found to be in various medical conditions. In addition, two deceased cats were recovered.
Animal Control received numerous complaints from sources with information regarding deplorable conditions along with concerns for the health of the animals at the Cool Cats Rescue Center. The seized animals have since been taken to the Animal Control Facility in Millersville, Maryland. The animals will be assessed behaviorally and medically to determine how Animal Control will proceed with their care. Animal Control cannot provide specifics as to how they will be proceeding with animals until they have all been properly assessed. The investigation is ongoing and the appropriateness of potential charges has not been determined at this time.
“The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team is proud to work with Anne Arundel County Animal Control to help rescue these cats,” said Adam Parascandola, Director of Animal Cruelty Investigations for The HSUS. “We are thankful to the local law enforcement for taking action for these neglected animals and enforcing Maryland’s animal cruelty laws.”
“This case is another reminder that we need to be vigilant about the importance of spay and neutering,” County Executive Leopold said. “It also highlights the fact that organizations starting with the laudable goal of helping animals can turn into hoarding operations that hurt animals. We hope that citizens will come forward and give these cats good homes.”
If other animal agencies or rescues groups are interested in helping, they can contact Animal Control at 410-222-8900. In light of this hoarding case, Animal Control is now seeking adoptions for numerous cats currently housed at their facility in Millersville. Anyone interested in adopting these seized cats or any other cats at Animal Control is asked to visit the facility in Millersville or monitor the Animal Control Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/
Animal Control appreciates the support, time, assistance and contributions made by The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Eastern District, The Humane Society of the United States and PetSmart Charities.