PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina animal shelter is seeking donations after dozens of cats are removed from a home.
“Cats were popping out from underneath beds, couches, closets, bathrooms, pillows,” said John Quick, a Pitt County animal control officer, when describing what he saw.
On Monday morning, Pitt County Animal Control Officers were called to a home to help with an eviction. When they arrived, officers determined that there were 30+ cats needing immediate removal from the home.
“In this particular case, the eviction took place within the city limits of Greenville. We still responded as a partner with the sheriff’s office. However, we asked Greenville Animal Services to respond as well since it was their jurisdiction,” said Pitt County Animal Shelter Director Chad Singleton.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office handles all evictions when they happen. The animals in the home of the evicted are taken by animal services, but because there were so many cats, the sheriff’s office called on the partnership with the county animal shelter that was created earlier this year.
As a result, the Pitt County Animal Shelter is currently experiencing a high demand for services and may be delayed in answering non-emergency calls. The animals are undergoing health assessments, as the staff works to find temporary homes.
Since the home is in the city limits of Greenville, the Greenville Police Department stepped in to assist and take over the case.
Greenville Police attribute that the cats were well cared for, but the owners were in violation of a city code. Within city limits of Greenville, owners are not allowed to have more than six domestic animals.
Police say the investigation is still continuing. The shelter is also asking for donations including litter boxes and cat food.
If you are interested in fostering, you can call the shelter at 252-902-1725. The shelter provides the food, litter, medical costs, and other supplies needed to help raise them.
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