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Confiscated El Reno cats see progress finding homes

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: February 19, 2009
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EL RENO — About half the 80 cats removed from a reportedly filthy home have been adopted or turned over to rescue agencies.

Pets placed in the El Reno animal shelter are usually held for three days and then euthanized, but that deadline has been extended because of the volume of animals, Deputy Chief Kevin Wilkerson said.

"We’re going to go through this week and the weekend, and re-evaluate it on Monday,” he said.

More than 80 cats and three dogs were removed from an El Reno home Sunday.

Police arrived at the home to settle a family dispute but found cats, hair, feces and urine, according to a police report.

The family was allowed to keep four cats and promised to give away the dogs. The rest of the cats were confiscated. Police do not plan to pursue charges, Wilkerson said.

Three of the cats were euthanized because of illness, Wilkerson said.

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AT A GLANCE
HOW TO HELP

The healthy cats are available for adoption through the shelter and several rescue agencies, such as Pets and People in Yukon and Pet Angels Rescue in Oklahoma City. The El Reno animal shelter also is accepting food and litter-box filler donations. For information, call 262-8883 or 262-2121.

Signs of animal hoarding

• A home has deteriorated. Windows may be dirty, and extreme clutter may be present.


• A home smells of ammonia. Feces, urine and vomit may be visible.


• Owners may not know how many pets are

living with them.


• Owners may be isolated and may not practice personal hygiene.


• Pets are emaciated or ill.


• Owners cannot tell the animals are obviously

ill or distressed.

Source: American Society for the Prevention

of Cruelty to Animals

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