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article image120 cats removed from home of hoarders euthanized

By Kathlyn Stone     Feb 15, 2009 in Lifestyle
At least 120 cats that were removed from a Minnesota home have been euthanized. The Animal Humane Society rescue team that removed the cats said they were too ill to be adopted by other families.
Over 120 cats removed from a mobile home in St. Anthony, Minn., on Feb. 10 have been euthanized, according to the Animal Human Society which worked with the St. Anthony Police remove the cats from the 500-square-foot home.
After medical examinations at the Human Society's Golden Valley facility, the cats were deemed too ill and writ with too many behavioral problems to be adopted. Illnesses included feline AIDS, herpes, upper respiratory infections and ringworm, according to the Human Society.
“From start to finish cases like these are so unfortunate," said Kathie Johnson, director of animal services for the Humane Society before announcing that all of the cats had been put to sleep. "These are not your typical house cats. They are damaged from their marginalized environment—both psychologically and physically. It is a tragic situation—and difficult for our staff that is now forced to make the difficult decisions now that they are in our care."
The Humane Society was tipped off by a concerned citizen. The homeowners surrendered the cats without incident.
It was the second time Robert and Cheryl Salidas had been caught hoarding cats. In 2002, 72 cats were removed from their home in Coon Rapids, Minn., according to the Star Tribune.
The Salidas' home has been condemned and the couple faces gross misdemeanor charges. Cheryl Salidas is undergoing a mental health evaluation, according to WCCO.
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