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January 25, 2013

The HSUS Assists in Rescue of 16 Cats from Dickson Hoarding Situation

  • Sixteen cats were rescued from a White Bluff property, many of them suffering from various skin and respiratory infections.  Leighann McCollum/The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States and Happy Tales Humane were called in by Dickson County Animal Control to assist in the rescue of 16 cats from a White Bluff property. Conditions in the home had deteriorated so severely that the animals’ health was compromised—with the cats suffering from various skin and respiratory infections. The owner surrendered the cats to the county.

The cats were transported to Happy Tales Humane in Franklin, where they will be treated by veterinarians and assessed for possible adoption. Nashville Humane Association will also help care for a number of the cats.

“It is very difficult and sad to see how bad the living conditions were for these animals,” said Leighann McCollum, Tennessee state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States is thankful for the opportunity to assist the local agencies involved in this rescue and get these cats on the path to a better life. This mission is an example of how national and local organizations can work together to save animals.”

“The owner of these cats did the right thing by surrendering them to the county and allowing us to help find them new homes,” said Debbi Cure, executive director for Happy Tales Humane.

**Photos available upon request.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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