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Three seized cats euthanized Friday, 9 seeking homes

Published:   |   Updated: July 31, 2013 at 06:41 AM

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BROOKSVILLE - After 16 cats and one parakeet were seized from a woman at Hidden Valley Campground last week, three of the cats were euthanized.

According to the county shelter's veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Centonze, two cats were euthanized for medical reasons, and one for behavioral reasons.

Centonze said Tuesday four Siamese cats went to a rescue group, and nine are up for adoption at Animal Services.

"If you want to help give these cats a second chance, a new lease on life and a chance on living in a clean environment, please come and check them out," Centonze said.

Three cats escaped July 24 when an Animal Services officer tried to take the animals into custody. The owner faces 18 counts of animal neglect.

"Overall, there's evidence of flea infestation, urine scalding on the paws, and the cats are terrified and not well socialized," Centonze said. "All except for one let me examine them, draw blood, inject them with vaccines, and they all tolerated that, and after some time seemed to enjoy being touched."

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said two other cats escaped from the campgrounds during transportation to animal services, and Animal Services has set out traps in an attempt to capture them.

Centonze said the cat with behavioral problems was euthanized because it would not allow her to take it out of the cage, and said the cat would not show well for adoption.

The other two had a combination of medical problems ranging from upper respiratory problems, a fever contagious to other cats in the facility, severe dental disease of the teeth and gums, pus in the mouth, and hair loss on the chin, head, and ears possibly due to ringworm or scabies, which is also contagious.

An animal rescue interest group has expressed interest in the parakeet, she said, but the bird is "first come, first served."


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