Assistance was called in Saturday to help rescue 15 dogs and between 30 and 40 feral cats at a Sallisaw residence, reported Randy Freeman, Sallisaw’s animal control officer.
Freeman said the animals were badly flea infested and may have other health problems. The dogs, with the assistance of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) out of Tulsa, were transported to the Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Tulsa to be bathed and given health checks.
Freeman said a group of OAA volunteers is expected to come back next week and help capture the feral cats.
“They will only be barn cats,” Freeman said about the feral felines. “They will not make good pets.”
All the animals will be spayed and neutered before they are released to adoptive homes, Freeman said.
Freeman described the 85-year-old woman who had the animals as a hoarder, who felt a need to take care of the animals but did not have the resources for a good, healthy environment. One of the dogs, an older Chihuahua, was believed to have a broken back and was humanely put down, Freeman said.
Because she willingly signed over the animals, the woman will not be prosecuted, and her name not released.
Freeman said attention was brought to the situation by the meter reader who had complained about the ammonia coming from the home.
“The ammonia odor was overwhelming,” Freeman said.
The OAA is asking for donations to help with the rescues.
The Sallisaw Veterinary Clinic is also helping raise funds for the Sallisaw Animal Shelter.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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