80-100 cats found in horrific conditions in Butte apartment; authorities on scene

2014-07-03T13:14:00Z 2014-08-01T07:43:05Z 80-100 cats found in horrific conditions in Butte apartment; authorities on sceneMontana Standard The Billings Gazette
July 03, 2014 1:14 pm  • 

BUTTE — Authorities are working on catching roughly 90 cats from an apartment in Butte. The horrific condition of the home included animal carcasses and overwhelming piles of feces.

The owner of the cats is being sought. He will likely face a felony charge of animal abuse.

Ed Randall, county director of community enrichment and animal control, said they received a call from neighbors reporting the poor conditions of the Delaware Street home. Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the resident in about a month. Officials entered the home and found a terrible scene.

Randall estimates 80 to 100 cats were in the home. Most of the animals have been removed but about 15 remain. Some of the animals had to be euthanized due to poor health. A veterinarian was on scene Friday morning. All of the other cats were taken to the animal shelter and local vet clinics.

“We’re trying to save all that we can,” Randall said.

An investigation continues. Animal control is being assisted by community enrichment, firefighters, police, prosecutors and the health department.

Authorities on the scene wore hazardous-materials protection suits to enter the house.

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