We Stand Bayou, an animal rescue group based in Thibodaux, is seeking donations to care for cats seized from an alleged animal hoarder last weekend.
According to the Daily Comet, Lafourche sheriff's deputies seized 34 cats that were being kept in cages under a carport at a vacated home on North Cedar St. in Lockport. Most of the cats appeared to be in need of medical attention.
Fifteen of the cats had to be killed due to severe health problems or because they were too wild to be adopted, according to Dr. Lionel de la Houssaye, a Lafourche Parish veterinarian who is helping treat the animals.
The cats were owned by Sheila Adams, 71, of Lockport, who lives with family members at a neighboring residence, according to the Sheriff's Office. Adams was returning to the home regularly to feed the cats but had not had them vaccinated, spayed or neutered.
She was issued a criminal summons for 34 counts of simple cruelty to animals, and was charged with violating the parish ordinance requiring the vaccinations.
Lafourche deputies discovered the cats after receiving a report of them not receiving proper care.
Dani Morgan, founder of We Stand Bayou animal rescue in Thibodaux, adamantly stressed that Adams loved the cats and was attempting to care for them to the best of her abilities but just became overwhelmed.
All the cats were well-fed, but Morgan said other residents would dump cats at her home, and the cats she already had would continually breed.
“She did what she felt she had to do to keep them safe,” Morgan said. “She wanted help, but she didn't know where to go.”
The Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter did not have the space to care for the cats so they are being held temporarily at a private residence while they're nursed back to health and tested for disease.
Many of the cats are friendly and will make good pets once they're fully vetted and given clean bills of health, de la Houssaye said.
Donations to help care for the animals rescued by We Stand Bayou can be made to an account at De La Houssaye Animal Hospital or can be called in directly at 446-9080 or be made out to and mailed to the animal hospital at 33 Rienzi Drive, Thibodaux, LA 70301.
Morgan added that people can contact We Stand Bayou if they need help finding a program to spay or neuter their pets, one of the best ways to help reduce animal overpopulation.
Contact We Stand Bayou at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/westandbayou.
Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes both offer low-cost spay neuter programs for residents. Call the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter at 446-3532 or the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter at 873-6709.
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Posted on Fri, August 16, 2013