Siamese Cats Seized, "Feces Everywhere"

April 11, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

Dozens of cats must be euthanized in a Taylor County animal neglect case and nearly two dozen more must now find new homes.

Those cats were seized by animal control in February more than a year after the investigation first started.

Diane Mohamete couldn't take her eyes off a cat named Poe. He's one of eight Siamese cats now living in the lobby at Animal Aid. The cats seized by animal control officers in Taylor County who found them living in deplorable conditions in a shed behind a Perry motel.

"I think it's awful. I think it's really said that animals get treated like that. I'm a big animal lover so when I see that, it breaks my heart," Mohamete said.

Photos show from whence they came. Reports from Taylor County Animal Control say there was a child's swimming pool completely filled with feces and feces and urine in every corner.

The officer's report says she had to repeatedly excuse herself to get fresh air "because my throat and chest burnt so badly from the smell."

Animal control coordinator Carrie Tucker says she seized 63 cats. More than three dozen were so ill or feral that they had to be euthanized, she said, and 22 more were sent here to Tallahassee's Animal Aid to be nursed back to health in hopes of finding good homes.

"We had a lot of diarhea, which was treated and they're all coming along nicely. They were a little thin, but they've put on weight and are doing much better," said Margo Garcia, practice manager at Animal Aid.

So far 13 of the siamese or siamese mix cats have been adopted, but these eight are still waiting for a fresh start and another is still fighting to survive.

According to Taylor County's Animal Control Coordinator, the cats' owner did try to clean up and get the cats vaccinated, but by February of this year admitted she didn't have the money to take care of them. The owner has not been charged with any crime.

If you are interested in adopting one of the cats, contact Jackie at Animal Aid (850) 386-4148.


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  • by Kathy Location: Tallahassee on May 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    For a look at a situation that is almost completely different, please do a story on the rescue in Hosford. It is different in that the cats are loved by their caretakers, they were outside cats that came to the elderly caretakers as strays. The caretakers were starving themselves to feed so many and could not afford spay/neuter. The rescue is in progress (great photo opp's) as a joint effort: Animal Aid, for the Vet care and possible temporary shelter of the cats/kittens; It's Meow or Never For Ferals for the humane trapping and transport. There will be a number of kittens and cats available for fostering and adoption as soon as possible.
  • by Terri Location: Tallahassee, FL on Apr 13, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    I originally emailed WCTV last Sunday after being at the Spay and Neuter Clinic the previous Friday and speaking with the staff about the cats. Tristan Sanders said the station would look into it. Thank you for doing so. I am happy to know WCTV cares about our animal friends as much as I and others who love animals do. I'm sure the surviving Siamese now have a better chance of adoption because of your attention.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    pew yuck gross kitty kitty kitty kat yuck put them all out of their misery yuck
  • by Anonymous Location: Perry on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    In regards to Taylor County Animal Control "Always" euthanized. The Shelter in Perry is very small. They only have a kennel thta can hold 21 dogs and 24 cats at a time. They are ran by only 1 officer and 1 coordinator. Before Taylor County animal Control started working with a Local rescue, they did have a very high euth rate. But not any more. We are rescuing and adopting out more and more animals. It is not Animal Controls fault they people do not spay and neuter their pets, or that people don't take care of their pets. The officers have the hard job of ending the poor animals suffering. It takes a toll on them phsically and mentally. I just would like to say. THANK YOU, Taylor County Animal Control for the great job that you do. Keep up the good work!!!!
  • by anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    Whomever says that the animal shelter in Perry kills everything needs to go talk to the gals that work there. THe animals that arent getting adopted are being sent with a rescue from another County every week. How do you think that those 20 something cats got to where they are now.....because animal control sent them there.
  • by All too sad.. Location: Tallahassee on Apr 12, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Not taking care of any animal is a slow but sure death sentence. I understand any person feeling sorry for an unwanted cat, but this lady should have tried hard to adopt these 63 cats out if she could not afford their shots. A cat needs more than just food. She needs medical care, excercise, nutritious food, clean water and safe invironment with lots of love and attention from humans. I agree with posters here. This lady has a mental illness as a hoarder, should be forced into treatment and placed on an animal abuse registry. I know a lady who has been busted several times by Leon County Animal Control for not taking care of her many exotic birds and animals, and now works as a dog trainer for a popular pet store in Tallahassee. This store may or may done have done a background check for abused or neglected animals, but sorry, she is not fit to handle other people's beloved pets for pay. Too many qualified tog trainers that have lost their jobs in Florida small business layoffs should have been hired instead.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    Since they were seized by Taylor County Animal Control, I am surprised they didn't get all euthanized. Animal Control in our rural areas always kill any animal that falls into their hands. That's all they know to do. I bet you the few lucky ones only got saved because they are siamese, a highly adoptable breed. And unless the owner gets charged, he or she will start hoarding cats again. Ridiculus.
  • by Anon Location: <<>> on Apr 12, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    "More than three dozen were so ill or feral that they had to be euthanized." ... but the owner wasn't charged with anything? That's ridiculous.
  • by Camelia on Apr 11, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    How sad that the "feral" ones had to be euthanized. I am sure they were just scared, or they could have been fixed and released at a suitable site so they could live, instead of getting killed.
  • by Mandika Location: Tally on Apr 11, 2011 at 04:52 PM
    Hoarding is definitely animal abuse. If the animal officer couldn't stay inside the house for long because she was over-whelmed by the ammonia, imagine how it was for the cats who were trapped in there 24/7. I think most hoarders are mentally unstable and should be treated without jail time. But they should be put on a national "Animal Abuser Registry" and have home visitations. On the other hand, sadistically torturing or killing animals should be punishable by prison. That's how Jeffrey Dahmer and other serial killers got their start.
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