Justice for 41 Cats Allegedly Kept in Filthy Conditions

Target: Dan Mitchell, Crown Attorney, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Goal: Seek maximum punishment for woman accused of continued neglect of cats after SPCA warning.

A woman is facing animal cruelty charges after over 40 cats were seized from her apartment. The cats were allegedly kept in filthy conditions with poor ventilation and were denied medical care. According to Thunder Bay and District Humane Society representatives, the cats were found in various stages of illness, with some suffering from respiratory infections and some kittens showing signs of birth defects.

Authorities were first alerted to the situation by neighbors, who complained of a foul smell coming from the apartment. The owner of the cats was ordered under the Ontario SPCA Act to have the animals examined by a veterinarian, as well as to clean and sanitize the unit. When she reportedly failed to comply, the animals were removed from her custody.

Now, she has been charged with permitting distress, causing distress, non-compliance of an order, failing to provide adequate and appropriate ventilation, failing to provide adequate medical attention, failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions and failing to provide necessary care for the general welfare.

This deliberate neglect is unacceptable. She may have been able to keep the cats had she followed the orders handed down to her, but she seemingly chose to continue to allow the cats to suffer in filthy conditions. Sign the petition below to demand that she is given the maximum penalty possible under the law, if found guilty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Mitchell,

Over 40 cats were recently rescued from an apartment where they were allegedly kept in filthy conditions. The smell in the apartment was so bad that several neighbors had complained, leading to an inspection of the home. Upon authorities’ discovery of the condition of the home, the owner was ordered under the Ontario SPCA Act to clean and sanitize the apartment and obtain veterinary care for all of her animals.

She reportedly failed to do so, which resulted in the seizure of all of the animals. Veterinary checkups revealed that several of the animals suffered health issues, ranging from respiratory infections to birth defects.

This apparent deliberate neglect is reprehensible and must be punished harshly. We, the undersigned, ask you to seek the harshest possible punishment for this woman, if found guilty.

Sincerely,

[Your Nam Here]

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10 Comments

  1. DEATH PENALTY FOR THESE HORRIBLE HUMANS.

  2. KatWrangler WELCH says:

    I hope these poor cats will be rehabilitated – like they do for hoarded dogs, – and found loving homes.

    Abused, hoarded cats can have a tough time readjusting to some type of normal life, and more often then not, deemed unadoptable, and killed. After, all, they’re “just cats” (sarcasm alert).

    Please find it in your heart to care for and help these cats. Thank you.

  3. RENEE HOWARD says:

    One should b tested to see if your smart enough for a pet…in this person’s case probably not smart enough…probably shouldn’t even b allowed a picture of a cat…

  4. Wendy Morrison says:

    Put her into a prison cell on the same conditions as these 40 innocent kitties wrre living in and her live in it. She should NEVER be allowed to own, adopt, and be around any more cats/kittens or any other animals too!!!!

  5. Death penalty for these people who cruel to animals no excuse to be cruel. To have animals need to be on a Animal register to own one.

  6. Okay, GOOD that they took those poor cats away from her. BUT, the SPCA there had better NOT kill these cats for “convenience,” i.e. citing “lack of funds” for the care they now require in order to actually SAVE their lives!!! Otherwise, their service is USELESS and even MORE morally bankrupt than the perpetrator!!!

  7. Eva Cantu says:

    PART OF THE BLAME GOES TO THE SPCA FOR ALLOWING THIS SITUATION TO CONTINUE, HAD THEY TAKEN THE ANIMALS WHEN THEY SAW THE DIRE SITUATION THE CATS WERE IN MAYBE IT WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN WORSE. MOST OF THE BLAME BELONGS TO THAT WORTHLESS WOMAN, I HOPE SHE GETS A LONG JAIL SENTENCE.

  8. Jackie Adam says:

    We should also be outraged that factory farm animals (pigs, chickens, cows) are kept in even worse conditions before they are killed. Why do those lives not matter and not deserve protection? That’s because most people commenting here support this cruelty by buying meat and other animal products.

    Isn’t it possible that the person in this petition started out with good intentions to help unwanted cats, and it got out of hand? 41 cats is too many to house in an apartment, and would be unmanageable for anyone to look after. Her only fault might have been the inability to turn away cats and to know what she could realistically deal with.

    I don’t think she deserves the death penalty as some have suggested. Perhaps counselling, and assistance to re home the cats would be more appropriate.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

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