Animal protection organizations Humane Society International/India, ResQ Charitable Trust, People for Animals and Action against Cruelty and Trauma coordinated a joint rescue operation to save 56 cats from an overcrowded apartment in Lulla Nagar, Pune.
The owners of the property, who are suspected of having taken the cats in from the streets in what media reports indicate was an attempt to care for them, were apparently overwhelmed by the animals’ needs, and refused to surrender the cats voluntarily. The rescuers filed a first information report (FIR) that allowed police to seize the animals and hand them over to ResQ for immediate veterinary attention.
- G. Jayasimha, managing director HSI/India, said: “This is an unfortunate case of rescuers who became overwhelmed, overextended their limited resources and simply had more animals than they can properly care for. We are grateful to our partner organisations for their prompt response and to the police department for its immediate action to rescue these cats.”
When honorary animal welfare officers arrived on scene, they found more than 56 cats, many of whom were pregnant, nursing or diseased and injured, living amidst piles of fresh and dried faecal matter and scattered kibble. The rescuers estimate that the apartment had not been cleaned in more than three years.
The cats have been transported to ResQ Charitable Trust where they are being checked by veterinarians and will receive the necessary care. Following their treatment, they will be evaluated and be put up for adoption.