68 cats found in van in Oregon hoarding case

first_imgONTARIO, Ore. — Workers at an animal rescue operation in Oregon were caring Thursday for 68 cats found crammed into a van, many in wretched shape.One of the rescue workers said there were only three litter boxes, and the stench was horrifying when the animals were found on Sunday.“It was just a swirling mass of cats around your feet,” Elizabeth Lyon of the Ontario Feral Cats Project said about the discovery on Sunday. “Every step I took down that center aisle, I had to wiggle my foot in so I didn’t step on somebody.”The vehicle also held the bodies of five cats that died, the Ontario Argus Observer reported.Many of the living cats were emaciated, Some had lost an eye to infection, a few were missing both eyes.Officers made the discovery after getting a cat-hoarding complaint and have questioned 55-year-old Cynthia Allen, who has relinquished the van and cooperated with deputies, Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said.Johnson said deputies haven’t learned much about her background or how she came to have so many cats. He said it appeared she had the cats before she left Eastern Oregon for Texas about three months ago. She had recently returned to the area, he said.last_img

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