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September 13, 2013

More cats enter humane society

CLINTON — The Clinton Humane Society is getting more than 70 cats settled into the shelter.

Animal control started bringing in these cats, from one home, on Monday. The shelter accepted 27 on Monday, 25 on Tuesday and 21 on Wednesday.

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“That's more cats than I can remember the shelter ever taking in at one time,” Operations Manager Sandi Bartels said. “We're hoping that's the end of it.”

Animal Control removed from 837 Fifth Ave. North, after a police investigation of a YouTube video depicting youths shooting cats with a BB gun led police to the home. Police are still investigating this as possible animal abuse.

Clinton Police Capt. James Klaes said Thursday that homeowner Margaret Rettkowski received two citations, one for failure to license and one for exceeding the maximum number of cats.

Officers found Rettkowski to be overrun by cats. Klaes said she told the police they could take them, because she could not control them.

The cats are in poor health, suffering from fleas, ear mites and tapeworms. Bartels and staff said they were all malnourished, with many of them having sores and rotten and broken teeth.

Humane society staff were settling all of the cats in Thursday and giving them flea treatments and baths.  Bartels reported that the female cats had been separated into a large room, previously used to allow Internet viewers to play with cats.

Bartels is asking anyone wanting to help these cats to make donations at the Ambassador Animal Hospital or the humane society to pay to have the cats spayed or neutered or given flea treatments. The shelter is also accepting donations of cat liter.

While the cats will not be up for adoption yet, Bartels said people are welcome to fill out applications for when the cats are available. They typical adoption fee is $50, but Bartels  expects they will probably cut that in half for these cats.

“Just to get them into homes,” Bartels said.

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