20 cats dumped at shelter

This surveillance video shows a man dumping 20 cats in deplorable conditions at Angels for Animals in Canfield. (Photo courtesy of Angels for Animals)
This surveillance video shows a man dumping 20 cats in deplorable conditions at Angels for Animals in Canfield. (Photo courtesy of Angels for Animals)

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Workers at Angels for Animals were stunned earlier this week to find 20 cats dumped at their building in deplorable conditions.

Workers said 20 cats were dumped Thursday at the Canfield animal shelter with such bad flea infestation they had scratched and bitten their fur off. Employees said the drop off point is there for owners to drop off cats they are unable to care for.

“They were covered in lice,” said Mallory Bower, who found the cats. “There were lacerations all over them from just digging at the fleas. They’re bleeding.”

Bower said a note was found with the cats that said they wanted Angels for Animals to find homes for the cats. She said it was signed “A 17-year-old cat lover.”

Workers found a surveillance video that captured the drop off, with an adult male accompanying a teenaged boy, said Angels for Animals founder Diane Less.

Less said she wants to find out who they are to get more information on the cats’ conditions and see if there are any more cats in need.

She also said she’s spoken with a humane agent because the cats were in such poor condition.

Two of the cats are pregnant and remain at the shelter.

“This is literally like they’re being eaten alive,” Less said.

The cats are being treated for fleas and are improving. The other 18 cats are being kept at Less’ barn because there’s no more room at Angels for Animals and because workers are unsure of all the cats’ health problems.

Less said the cats are adjusting to new surroundings and warming to their new caretakers.

“This one is not too bad a shape,” Less said. “I’m doing pretty good.”

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