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94 Cats Pulled From Monmouth Home

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After a week of removing dozens of cats from one Monmouth home, Warren County Animal Control officers finally got the remaining cats out of that house today, nearly 100 total.

"This is the most extreme we've ever dealt with," Warren County Animal Control Officer John Livingston says.

It's day seven for Livingston and his team, each day bringing out cage after cage full of cats.

The grand total: 94 cats in this house.

"It is bad, the ammonia smell will take away your breath and burn your eyes and your throat," Livingston says.

Some cats underweight, others with injuries and sores.

All of them will be taken back to the shelter for an evaluation.

"Honestly I'm thinking we're in trouble because we're not usually don't handle that many cats," Livingston says.

94 cats would be a lot for any shelter, but at the Warren County Animal Shelter, there's usually only room for about 8-10 cats. Other area shelters have stepped up to help, taking cats in and donating items needed.

"We've had a couple private individuals step up and willing to take some cats," Livingston says, "We've had QC Animal Welfare Center came down last Friday and took the mother and kittens."

The local animal rescue even re-opened an old shelter that's been closed for almost a decade to handle the new cats, but animal control will still need to make room for dozens of cats here.

"Most shelters are just full of cats, it's an overpopulation of them, so when a situation like this arises, we're hoping we can save as many as we can and not have to euthanize a lot," Livingston says.

Pulling all their resources to find these cats their 'forever' home.

"Hopefully this has a positive outcome for the cats, we're trying to do everything we can for them," Livingston says.

If you can adopt or foster a cat, contact the Warren County Animal Shelter at (309) 734-2546.

The shelter is also in need of cat litter and cleaning supplies. You can send donations to these addresses: 

Warren County Animal Shelter

100 West Broadway

Monmouth, IL 61462

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