PARMA, Ohio – Northeast Ohio’s No-Kill SPCA Animal Shelter on Brookpark Road recently welcomed 30 cats and kittens from Dothan Animal Shelter in Alabama, where last week two dogs escaped their enclosure and killed 29 felines.
“They told me they had a few breeds of bully that escaped into the shelter and killed 29 cats overnight,” said Anita Martukovich, director of the Northeast Ohio SPCA shelter. “When the staff arrived that morning, they found the scene horrible. It was very upsetting for them, of course. They were looking to place cats in different areas so we walked over and told them we would be ready to take 30 cats and kittens.
The dogs have been reported to have escaped from a pen by pushing a galvanized bar attached to a chain link fence. At that point, he dropped a clip allowing the dogs to access the cats.
Martukovich said the Dothan Animal Shelter feared another incident could happen again, which is why they wanted to move the cats, along with 25 puppies, to Parma.
“I’m sure they want to update their cage system there,” Martukovich said. “The cage system is old and they are trying to get enough money to renovate their building.
“They also have a lot of media intervention so it’s very difficult for them, besides what the staff went through seeing the horrible destruction of the cats. They said it was in the best interest to remove the cats that are currently in the shelter and give staff members a chance to talk to someone if they need professional help.
After arriving at the No-Kill Pet Shelter Northeast Ohio SPCA on Monday morning, the cats were spayed and neutered, updated on hits and protected against fleas. They all tested negative for feline leukemia.
“Of course, we assumed the cost was around $ 1,500,” Martukovich said.
Soon the Alabama cats will be available for adoption, with Martukovich noting that there is increased interest given their recent history.
This is not the first time that the No-Kill SPCA Pet Shelter in Northeast Ohio has come to the rescue of other animals in need, including working with the Dothan Animal Shelter, as well as flooded shelters in Texas and Louisiana. .
“In general, we are working with other shelters in Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Ohio to accommodate animals that may need to be euthanized and find new homes for them. here, ”Martukovich said.
“We want people to know that we are going to find responsible, loving and everlasting homes for these animals. And if they are interested in adopting a pet, we invite them to visit the shelter.
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