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164 Dead Kittens and Sick Cats Found in Adjoined California Homes

By Victoria Heuer    July 27, 2012 / (3) comments

In a bizarre case that is still unraveling in the California town of Seaside, workers with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) discovered more than a hundred dead kittens and cats on two adjoining properties this past Tuesday.


The SPCA had been alerted to the harrowing scene by the company that manages the properties. Upon finding that the situation was more complicated than a standard neglect and abuse case, the SPCA workers called California authorities, who then conducted a raid on the property. Once the final count was tallied, 113 dead and 51 living cats had been recorded. Of those dead, many were newborn or small kittens that had been wrapped in towels and placed in boxes and containers.

Of the live cats, some had apparently been moved from one property to the other and locked inside two rooms of the home with the resident cats. Many were infested with parasites and were suffering from other severe health conditions, as well as being underfed and living in filth. Five of the living cats were pregnant; none of the living cats were kittens.

In addition to the bodies of both dead and live cats, 40-50 boxes of cremation ashes were found, apparently packaged by professionals, with the names of the cats and dates of death on the boxes.

The names of the properties’ residents have not been released yet, but one resident was present at the time of the raid. The resident could not confirm the actual number of cats that had been locked into two of the rooms in the house, so officers had to carefully search the home to be sure they had rescued all of the cats.

It is believed that some of the cats were taken from the neighborhood. Local authorities are urging community members who have lost a cat to get in touch with them.



Image: Unrelated rescue cat

Photo credit: Dean Thorpe, Aspex Design / via Flickr


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  • dead cats
    07/27/2012 07:02pm

    the state of california as well as some other states need to stop slapping people with $500 fines and bring these people up on felony charges....what will it take to change the laws? these are living creatures that have feeling and souls! ABUSE OF ALL KINDS TO ANIMALS HAS TO STOP!!!

  • Dead Kitties
    08/26/2012 11:07pm

    This is horrifying and has to stop. All those poor cats and kittens died for no reason. Come on people, ask for HELP if you need it. Don't let poor defenseless animals die because you're to ashamed to ask for help. They deserve to have a wonderful life. Please!!

  • 09/08/2012 07:46pm

    Several years ago my cat Tommy disappeared and we were out looking for him but he wasn't in his regular places. Some days after this, we had a lady showed up on on doorstep asking if we had lost a cat. Wow what are the chances..so any way, she showed us the cat and it was our Tommy. She said she lived on the other side of town and saw a woman throwing Tommy out of her car in a busy parking lot. She just happened to know the woman and found out where she lived and went on her quest to find the cat's owners. Apparently the lady was our neighbor and had been trapping cats and disposing of them.
    I called the police and they said it was legal for her to do this!! How can trapping and killing other peoples pets be legal?? I have yet to understand this. Fortunately Tommy was ok, considering and live to be 19! He was a tough one!!