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.