47 cats taken from home
Mar 08, 2013 (Dayton Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Officials cited the owners of a home in Miamisburg for owning an unsafe structure and unsanitary conditions after 47 cats with a variety of health problems were removed Thursday as part of an animal cruelty and neglect investigation.
"No one lived in the house. It was a cat house," said Officer Sheila Marquis of Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "The conditions in the house were just deplorable."
Already in 2013, Marquis said she had removed more than 230 cats, chickens, pigeons or rabbits in other hoarding cases in Montgomery County.
"In hoarding cases like this, owners typically have a strong love for animals, but become overwhelmed by their circumstances. I think this is what we are dealing with in this case as well," she said.
The owner, Roy A. Manning of Dayton, said he had been feeding the cats, living at 1250 Lindsey Ave., since moving out a family member about a month ago.
"It started out with just a couple cats. They weren't spayed or neutered. They just multiplied," Manning said. "It's not easy sometimes to resolve these things."
The homeowners are related to residents of a home across Lindsey Avenue where more than 100 cats were removed in 2007. However, Manning said none of the animals removed Thursday previously lived across the street.
Marquis said she is working three other cases, two in East Dayton. "I have a couple sitting on my desk I haven't gotten to yet," she said Friday while working at a temporary shelter set up for cats in North Dayton.
"Cases like this one are wonderful examples of why it is so important to spay and neuter your pets," Marquis said in a release. "If these animals were spayed or neutered early on, we may not have seen such a large number of cats in this home."
The Humane Society offers low-cost spay/neuter options, she said.
The cats will be treated for problems, including respiratory infections, ear mites, eye and dental problems, for four to six weeks before being put up for adoption, Marquis said.
The removals Thursday culminated work by officials in Miamisburg, the Humane Society and Montgomery County.
"Staff has been working with the police department to address possible violations at 1250 Lindsey Ave associated with cats in the house," Jo Scott, city planner in Miamisburg, said in an email. "Following inspection, we issued notice for unsafe structure and unsanitary conditions associated with the inside of the residence."
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For information, 937-268-7387.
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