A North Carolina woman has been charged with animal cruelty and 93 animals removed from her home, WYFF4 reported November 11.
Jennifer Federico, shelter director and veterinarian at the Wake County Animal Shelter where the animals were taken stated in an interview with UPI News
“The real rescuer in this situation was the anonymous caller who shed light on what was happening. We thank our rescue partners for stepping up and taking what they could.”
Unfortunately, 60 of the cats had to be euthanized due to illness. The three dogs survived and were removed from the home, along with all of the cats.
Since this put a strain on the Wake County Animal Shelter, with the shelter not wanting to mix sick cats in with those who were healthy, several local rescues stepped in the help. Safe Haven took eight cats, Mitchell Mill Animal Hospital Hospital in Raleigh took in four. Fourteen other cats and the three dogs were transferred to the SPCA of Wake County.
De Olloqui is set to appear in court next week.
Dan Wagner, who will serve as interim president of Calvin’s Paws told WYFF the rescue doesn’t support fosters have more animals than they can properly care for. It will be the rescues goal over the next few months to develop polices and procedures to be sure fosters and cats aren’t put at risk.
This is a very sad situation. Their Facebook page shows many cats and kittens who appear healthy. The only clue to a problem that this writer could see is the “timeline” album hasn’t been updated in a month. This is unusual to those involved in rescue, who sometimes post several times a day.
Do the readers feel De Olloqui got in over her head? Are three counts of animal cruelty enough, considering 60 cats had to be euthanized?
Another question has surfaced as to whether there are circumstances not told by the media as to how this case really unfolded.
How do you feel this case should be handled? Is it animal hoarding or something more? A lot of rumors are going around about this tragedy. Which is what it is any time cats have to be euthanized. Your comments are welcome.