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Case ID: 18888
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat
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Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011

County: El Paso

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

11 News is getting some answers on what some are calling a textbook case of animal cruelty in Colorado Springs. This time, someone put nine cats in a cardboard box, taped it shut, then dropped it off and drove away.

The first step to a brighter future for nine cats is a safe place to stay with something to eat.

"They're very small and sick," said Sean Boyle, Executive Director of Dreampower Animal Rescue.

They are getting better at Dreampower where they arrived, unannounced, in a partially ventilated cardboard box.

"It's an illegal act and they could really endanger the animals," Boyle said. Animal Law Enforcement officers confirmed leaving an animal without care and attention is abandonment, and a violation of the law. Dreampower can only take in a limited number of animals and by appointment only.

Boyle said it's not the first time animals have been left at the rescue anonymously. There are few clues in the most recent case. Each cat has a name on a handwritten note attached to a zip tie around their necks.

The head of Animal Law Enforcement told 11 News there was a note left with the box indicating the cats are linked to a hoarding case in the Pikes Peak region, but didn't say where.

Their arrival is a challenge for the rescue.

"It's really difficult when these kinds of illegal actions tax what reserves we have," Boyle said.

That won't stop their current care-takers from finding nine cats a forever home.

Boyle and animal law enforcement officers said the best way to hand over animals is to go to the Humane Society, where workers at the facility in Colorado Springs can accept them seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In the meantime, Dreampower is now getting the cats the medical attention they need and will then prepare them for adoption.


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