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Cat Hoarders Causing Humane Society Problems

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If you walk into the Clinton Humane Society you'll notice nearly every cage is filled with one or even two cats.  Some are strays, others are turned in, but most recently they're coming from cat hoarders.  Sandi Bartells with the Clinton Humane Society says this is their new normal.  Bartells' says she believes the hoarding is a result of people simply trying to give the animals a home.

"More and more, we are hearing about hoarding situations. Then the situation gets out of hand, the animals aren't spayed or neutered and all of a sudden there's a litter of kittens and now they're going to take care of all those,"said Bartells. "It just snowballs and all of a sudden it's out of hand."

Housing so many animals can sometimes be difficult for pet owners and because of it, humane society officials say they're forced to pick up the slack.  They say it's not always easy with a 12-person staff.

"It takes a lot of cat litter, takes a lot of food, takes a lot of bedding, blankets," said Bartells.  "That's also doing laundry  from the time they get here to the time they go home. We have to do this to keep the disease down. We don't want any disease here."

The Clinton County Sheriff's department says there is no animal ordinance in Clinton county, but there is in the city of Clinton.  The city's ordinance doesn't have a limit on how many animals you can have but says you must be able to take care of all the animals you own. Currently, the humane society has 98 cats and although room for more is limited Bartells says they aren't going to turn any animals away.