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The HSUS, Grainger County Humane Society Rescue Cats

Rescuers remove 120 cats from alleged hoarding situation



The Humane Society of the United States and the Grainger County Humane Society rescued 120 cats from a Rutledge home after a serious car accident left their owner unable to care for the animals. A Grainger County District Judge signed a confiscation order allowing the groups to remove the cats, who are now in the custody of the Grainger County Humane Society.

"This marks The Humane Society of the United States' tenth hands-on rescue mission in Tennessee over the past two years — more than in any other state," said Leighann McCollum, Tennessee state director for The HSUS. "We are honored to provide the Grainger County Humane Society with the resources they needed to give these cats and kittens a second chance at life."

The Grainger County Sheriff found the cats living in a crowded, unsanitary home. Some of the cats suffered from medical ailments such as upper respiratory infections and eye infections. The HSUS provided supplies and transportation and animal handling assistance. PetSmart Charities® donated much-needed food and other sheltering supplies to the rescue efforts.

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"Grainger County Humane Society is doing everything in our power to handle this sad situation to the best of our abilities," said Rocky Farr of GCHS. "Our completely volunteer staff is dedicated to ensuring that the cats are handled with care, receive medical care and do what is in the best interest of each cat and kitten. We need public support to assist these cats as they make the transition to their new lives."

All of the cats are being safely removed and transported to an emergency shelter where they will be examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical care. The Grainger County Humane Society will be provided daily care, facilitating spaying and neutering and preparing the cats for adoption. Thanks to GCHS and The HSUS, these cats will be given a chance to become pampered family pets.


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