144 Cats Found in Waukesha County Hoarding Case

Fifty cats were saved by the Humane Animal Welfare Society last week in a Waukesha County hoarding case. An elderly woman surrendered the pets.

Humane Animal Welfare Society is now the temporary home to 50 cats that were among 144 surrendered in a hoarding case in western Waukesha County.

The Waukesha animal shelter is seeking help placing the cats and donations of food and litter for the pets, as well as financial assistance for antibiotics and surgery. The shelter is “treating all those we feel we can help,” Executive Director Lynn Olenik said in a news release.

“Most of the cats were ill and suffering, and living in deplorable conditions,” she said.

The cats were found on the property, living in an outdoor barn, Olenik told Waukesha Patch.

“Most of (the barn) was covered with fecal matter,” Olenik said. “They had varying degrees of infections — eye infections, upper respiratory infections.”

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The cats were underfed and were significantly underweight, Olenik said.

The animal shelter was able to save 50 of the cats from an elderly woman last week; the rest were euthanized. The recent hoarding case is bringing a reminder from HAWS that hoarding is a real problem and that people need to get social workers involved in hoarding cases.

“They need help from a professional to try to get the person to relinquish some of the animals or even get them the health care they need,” Olenik said.

Currently, HAWS has six cats placed on the adoption floor. The remaining 44 cats will be added to the adoption floor after they become healthy enough for spaying and neutering surgery.

“They were the healthiest of the bunch,” Olenik said about the six cats. “They have been spayed and neutered, they have been dewormed.” 

Ashley March 20, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Poor helpless animals =[ i can't believe they had to put almost a 100 cats down. That breaks my heart.
Humane Animal Welfare Society March 20, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Ours, too, Ashley! These types of situations can be avoided with vigilance by family, friends and neighbors to help those who get in over their heads. And spaying and neutering can keep pet overpopulation in check, too. Working together as a community we can make a huge difference and save lives.
Jim March 21, 2013 at 08:21 AM
All these animals want is to be loved and cared for. I cannot imagine not taking care of my cat. She is she a pleasure to have around. My amazing cat/dog who loves sausage and egg toastet struedel
Haley Elizabeth Moran March 21, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Better believe that me and my fiance will come look at the kitties. I had my eye on one specifically already but now i want to see these new cats and maybe give one of them a loving warm home like they've deserved.
Private March 21, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Solinari March 21, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Honestly, who can NOT notice their neighbor/relative/friend has a cat overpopulation issue? Loving animals is great, but if you can't care for them it ends up just being cruel.
Solinari March 21, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Woah man, that video bio is hilarious! I mean, I love cats too but....wow!
Sandra LaFaive March 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM
We made our cash donation today in honor of our loving cat, Ebony. We adopted her almost a year ago. We love her so much. Our hearts go out to all the kitties and cats brought in to the shelter from this case and others. Hope they all find a good home soon.


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