Nearly 100 cats removed from home, animal shelter overwhelmed

INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Ingham County Animal Shelter is overwhelmed with animals Thursday, after animal control officers and many more rescued nearly 100 cats from a Lansing Township home, in the 1700 block of Autumn Lane.

“Staff worked through the night until 4 am, doing intake.” Andy Stelz , Director of Ingham County Animal Shelter said.

The Ingham County Fire Department assisted in the rescue, providing suits, masks and four oxygen tanks for officials to remove animal from the ammonia-filled home.

A total of 99 cats were removed. In addition to those 99, 22 were already deceased.

“With 99 cats coming into our facility, we don’t generally have the resources for an event like that so this causes a disaster for our department”, Stelz said.

Ingham County Animal Shelter can only hold up to 100 cats, and must treat every animal on an individual level. As for charges for the home owner, Stelz said it’s too early to tell.

“We are treating each cat on an individual basis we have to catalog what the health concerns are, put together the big picture and work with prosecutors’ office to determine appropriate charges” Stelz said.

It can take up to a few weeks before prosecutors make charges.

According to Andy Stelz the best way to help is by adopting an animal.

Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is holding “Adopt-a-Fest”, at Potter Park from Friday, June 12 at 1 p.m. until Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Cats from the 1700 block of Autumn Lane will not be available for adoption, but other cats will be.

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