A total of 59 cats and kittens were removed from a home in Carpenter on Wednesday, June 25, according to the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office.
Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver told the Enterprise Journal that a complaint was received from a resident near to the home. Law enforcement, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) and County Social Services (CSS) responded to the home, where the ARL reported a “hoarding situation” of cats and kittens nearly all suffering from flea and ear mite infestations, ringworm and upper respiratory infections.
Sheriff Beaver said that, while the case will next be presented to the county attorney’s office, charges of neglect or abuse are unlikely.
“The woman, who I’m not going to name because she cooperated with us very well, she recognized that this was a problem she had here,” said Beaver. “And because of her willingness to cooperate I do not recommend charges of any kind. […] If we found out that there has been a recurrence then we may take a different path.”
The sheriff also said that CSS “has a plan in place” to help the unidentified woman address the problem and move forward.
The ARL is raising money to cover the medical expenses for the cats; as of Thursday, June 26, the foundation had raised just over $1,300 according to their Facebook page. Sheriff Beaver said that any shortage of funds for the care and treatment of the animals will be covered by Mitchell County.
After medical care, the cats will be available for re-adoption.