Animal control deals with another cat-hoarding case

An already-overwhelmed St. Joseph County Animal Control was dealt another blow this week, as agency director Greg Musser was called Wednesday to assist with the county’s second cat-hoarding case within an eight-day period.

Though not as large as the 150-plus cats taken from a Park Township residence Aug. 4, Wednesday’s situation in Three Rivers yielded at least 50 cats.

Musser said the same woman allegedly is responsible in both cases.

Three Rivers code-enforcement officer Rachael Legus said follow-up investigation to the Park Township incident led her to a residence on North Lincoln Avenue. Investigators said the primary resident is the boyfriend of the 48-year-old woman allegedly responsible for the Park Township situation.

Chief assistant prosecutor Josh Robare said it is likely the woman will face felony animal-neglect charges.

The St. Joseph County United Way has started an emergency-relief effort. It is accepting financial donations to assist animal control with its many needs. Musser said the needs include dry food, cat litter, bleach, laundry soap and bedding.

Financial donations can be mailed to St. Joseph County United Way at Box 577, Centreville, 49032. Donors are asked to write “Animal Control Cats” in the memo line of their check. Phone donations can be made by calling 467-9009.

Meanwhile, animal control is making appointments for prospective adoptions. It can be reached at 467-6475, ext. 4, to leave a message.

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