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HRA Animal Control and Humane Law Enforcement Take in 35 Cats in Possible Hoarding Case

UPDATE: HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control Investigators executed a search warrant on Sunday at an apartment where 35 cats were surrendered last Thursday evening in a possible cat hoarding case.

Officers on Thursday suspected there may be more cats at the premises and indeed they found 6 more cats and 2 turtles in varying states of poor health. The turtles were found in extremely dirty water with one having their shell negatively impacted. The case continues to be under investigation.


The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) Humane Law Enforcement division is currently investigating a potential hoarding case in Northeast Washington, DC.  We received a call on Thursday, March 15 about a residence in Northeast DC with a large number of cats. HLE Officer Timothy Moyer and Animal Control Investigator Jeremy Daniels were dispatched to investigate the residence as a potential hoarding situation.

Upon arrival they found approximately 35 cats in the residence in various states of poor condition, ranging from flea infestation to infected bite wounds. A few appeared to be malnourished.

The owner of the cats became agitated by the officers’ inquiries on scene and stated she was moving out and began packing her bags. She surrendered the cats to the officers before she left.

“After assessing the situation and speaking with the owner of the cats, our officers determined that this was not a stable situation for these animals,” said HRA’s Vice President of Field Services Chris Schindler. “Providing care, food and medical necessities can sometimes be overwhelming for pet owners, but with 35 cats, it can be extremely difficult in a residential situation. In fact, it’s a violation of DC code to have more than seven animals in your care without first obtaining a hobby permit.”

After being surrendered, the cats were transferred to HRA late Thursday night. The cats will be given a veterinary examination and treated for any conditions that might exist. When they are medically and behaviorally cleared, they will be made available for adoption.

The case is under investigation as a possible Humane Law Enforcement matter.


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