Colo. Shelters Take In 81 Cats Rescued From Wyo. Home

157 Felines Found In 'Deplorable' Conditions Moved To Colo. Shelters

About half of the 157 cats rescued from "deplorable" conditions in a rural Wyoming home arrived in Colorado shelters Sunday night, officials said.

Sixty-one of the cats were taken in by the Dumb Friends Leagues in Denver and 20 more were going to the Larimer Humane Society, officials said.

The felines were rescued during a hoarding investigation at the home near Powell, Wyo., last week by Park County authorities and the Humane Society of the United States, according to a Sunday news released by the Dumb Friends League.

The cats were rescued from "deplorable living conditions" and many were emaciated and suffering from eye and respiratory infections, ear mites, and tumors, the League said.

"It was filthy. There was feces and urine everywhere," said Humane Society staffer Rowdy Shaw. "The ammonia (smell) was so bad. I mean, I had to actually step out of the house for a few minutes to get a breath of fresh air."

"It's a typical (pet) hoarder," he said. "It's a collector that takes on animals and doesn't realize that they're overwhelmed until it's way too late."

It took 25 local and state officials and volunteers nearly a day to remove the felines in pet carriers, authorities said.

Parker County sheriff's officials said animal cruelty and neglect charges would be filed as soon as this week.

The Dumb Friends League said some of the cats will be available for adoption as soon as Monday. Other felines, however, will not be available for immediate adoption, because they need additional medical care, grooming and "extra TLC in the League’s foster care" program.

“We are pleased to support the Park County Sheriff’s Department and the HSUS in this rescue effort,” said Judy Calhoun, executive director for the Larimer Humane Society. “Thankfully, we have a tremendous staff and a dedicated team of veterinary and foster care volunteers in place who are committed to helping us in this lifesaving effort.”

The cats at the Larimer Humane Society are expected to be available for adoption by Sept. 6.

But first, they will undergo comprehensive medical and behavioral evaluations, including being spayed or neutered, vaccinated and implanted with identifying microchips, the shelter said.

At the Dumb Friends League, employees sorted the cats -- pink collars for females, blue for males.

"Some of these guys are a little fearful, so getting their collars on is kind of a shock, because it's probably the first collar they've ever worn," said Tiffany Deaton, with the Dumb Friends League.

"They used to rarely seeing people. And now they're going to be loved, and cared for and played with every day," she said.