The BC SPCA has taken in about 40 cats and kittens after they were found living among piles of garbage and feces in a Vancouver property.
There was so much urine in their living space that it affected ventilation levels due to the presence of ammonia.
The kittens were found covered in fleas and at the point of becoming anemic.
Animal protection officers from the SPCA found that the animals also had inadequate access to water.
“The owners did the right thing by surrendering these cats as it was clear that the situation had gotten out of control for everyone involved,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications at BC SPCA.
“Animal hoarding is considered a mental health disorder that causes suffering for both humans and animals.”
She added: “The BC SPCA has charged this property owner in the past and will be recommending charges again in this case.”
The cats and kittens are now being cared for by SPCA branches and at foster homes across the Lower Mainland.
“These felines are not ready for adoption at this time and the adults will likely need several months of behaviour modification to become socialized and well-adjusted enough to thrive in loving homes,” the SPCA explained.
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