Muncie Animal Shelter working to house dozens of cats removed from suspected animal hoard

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MUNCIE, Ind. – Dozens of cats in Muncie will have to be put in new homes. Animal control and authorities removed the felines Monday from a suspected animal hoard on Haymarket Road.

Tuesday afternoon, the felines packed two rooms at the Muncie Animal Shelter.

Director Phil Peckinpaugh said the cat hoard was likely months and years in the making.

“We’ll be working with law enforcement agents in the next few days to determine whether or not we will file charges,” he said.

Peckinpaugh said they took in 35 cats Monday, with approximately 20 left to retrieve still inside the house.

Officials were tipped off at the reported bad conditions inside by a neighbor.

Staff members said the animals were hiding in the ceilings and behind walls, with most of them appearing to be in decent shape despite their environment.

“They were being fed, and they had a lot of water. But the situation they were in was not good,” said Lindsey Whitesell, Animal Control Officer.

Whitesell helped remove the cats. She described a dirty scene inside the mobile home, with trash everywhere and months of cat feces and urine. She said it appeared the owner cared about the cats, but it simply became too much.

“It just reeked. It was horrible,” she said, “He tried, I think he just got overwhelmed.”

CBS4 talked with the other who didn’t want to go on camera. He told us he was just trying to help the cats.

“I hope they’re in a good place with a good home,” the owner said.

The animal shelter is putting out a call for supplies, like cat litter and food, as they try to give the pets a new chance.

Whitesell said many of them will likely be sent to rescues out of state.

“These cats will get a better life, a healthier life, not living in a situation where it was so bad,” she said.

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