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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Animal Rescue League of Boston's Law Enforcement and Field Services have removed 80 cats and kittens in the last two week due to unsafe overcrowding situations in Bristol and Plymouth counties.
In the most recent incident, 50 cats and kittens were removed from squalid conditions inside a small small apartment along the South Shore where the tenants had been evicted. Initially there were just 3 cats in the home, but the population exploded.
"There was one unneutered male cat, two unspayed female cats that the owner had a few years ago and led to this overcrowded number of cats that were left behind," said Dr. Edward Schettino, the Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services, "there were also some deceased animals left behind as well."
The Bristol County situation began with a welfare check by local police and ended with the removal of 29 cats.
A number of the animals that were healthy and well-socialized have already been adopted.
Some of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections, fleas, dry skin, and one animal had to have an eye removed.
The Animal Rescue League emphasizes the of recognizing the signs of hoarding, seeking help when overwhelmed, and having pets spayed and neutered. As their health improves they will be medically cleared for adoption.
WBZ Newsradio's Kevin Coleman (@KevinColemanWBZ) reports