Dozens of cats were removed from a home in Bloomington recently, and they'll soon be available for adoption through the Animal Humane Society (AHS).
The 36 cats and kittens, which range in age from 1 month to 2 years, were removed from the "overcrowded" property after a woman became overwhelmed by the number of animals in her home, AHS said Monday.
AHS, which says it's the only full-time humane investigators in Minnesota, assisted the Bloomington Police Department in the investigation. Once the animals were removed from the home, the Bloomington Animal Control Department transferred the cats to AHS for evaluation, medical care and adoption.
“We appreciate the Bloomington Police Department’s work on this case and for reaching out to AHS as a partner to ensure these cats receive the care they need before being adopted into new homes,” said Keith Streff, Principal Humane Agent. “Our goal is to provide animal welfare support to local authorities whenever they request our assistance.”
The cats are underweight and in need of treatment, but overall are relatively healthy and friendly, AHS says. The cats will be available for adoption, by appointment only, once they've been examined and spayed/neutered. Meanwhile, three litters of kittens are currently in foster care until they can be weaned and sterilized.
AHS continues to work with the Bloomington PD and the property owner to determine the needs of the other cats remaining at the home.
The 36 cats join a growing number of adult cats at the humane society who are in need of forever homes, including nearly 20 cats who were seized from a home in Howard Lake following an investigation.
BMTN has reached out to the Bloomington Police Department for more information on this incident.
From July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, AHS responded to 1,640 requests for assistance involving reports of animals that were neglected or harmed, its 2019 annual report says.
In those incidents, 5,735 animals were impacted, resulting in 437 formal cases and 66 counties being assisted.
In total, the AHS removed 583 animals from dangerous or unhealthy conditions in the fiscal year 2019, the report notes.
According to AHS' website, the majority of the cases reported to AHS involve animals who lack food, water, shelter and general care, but more complex cases – animal abuse, fighting, hoarding, etc. – can result in animal seizures, on-site investigations, and prosecuting offenders.
As part of its investigation team, AHS offers free services to law enforcement across the state. These services include assisting with animal seizure, medical exams, transportation to shelters and technical consultations during investigations that involve animal cruelty allegations, the website says.