Alachua County (Florida) Animal Services, with an assist from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), pulled off a massive rescue of nearly 700 cats from a sanctuary that was not properly caring for the felines.
Many of the cats discovered at the eight-acre Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary were determined to be underweight and suffering from a variety of medical issues by a staff veterinarian.
Most of the malnourished animals were housed in unsanitary wire pens.
“Whether the sanctuary started with good intentions, it is now clear that it is unable to properly care for this number of animals, and we want to make sure they get the care and attention they need,” said Ashley Mauceri, deputy manager of Animal Cruelty Investigations for The HSUS. “We are grateful to Alachua County Animal Services and all of the groups that came together to assist in this rescue.”
The rescued felines have been safely transported to an emergency shelter where they have been examined and treated for any illnesses or injuries resulting from their stay at the sanctuary.
The cats will be cared for by HSUS and United Animal Nations (UAN) until custody is determined in an upcoming hearing.
Photo credit: HSUS