A Texas cat owner admitted ‘I have approximately 50 and I collected them over time’ as 57 cats were seized from her San Antonio home on November 5. KSAT12 News reported November 5 this is the second time a large number of cats were removed from her home.
D’ann Trethan, 68, was paid a routine visit by investigators on Wednesday. Animal Services returned to the home with a warrant on Thursday with orders for Trethan and was not to interfere after a disturbing mess was discovered. Animal Care Servies Supervisor Audra Houghton stated in an interview with KSAT12
“There’s feces and urine on the floor in mounds. There are litter boxes but they are overflowing. The animals have animal waste on them, in their fur, and the smell, of course, is very, very strong.”
The ammonia leverl inside was so high the San Antonio Fire Department was called in to help. Trethan agreed the stench affected her, but told KSAT12 she lived in the house with the cats because she cared about the animals. The news crew said they could smell the ammonia from down the street once doors to the home were opened. Although many of the cats are allegedly sick, Trethan defended keeping the cats in such horrible conditions
“Yes, it bothers me. But I still live in the house because the animals are there and I care about the animals. Some other people like me that care about animals, we tend to turn our own homes into shelters.”
Trethan accused of Animal Care Services lying to her and said she was told she would be given two weeks to clean up her home. Around 50 cats were removed from her house in 2007 and Trethan was cited. Information on the lawsuit where she filed a lawsuit against the city following the first raid can be found here. All of the cats seized in the 2007 raid were euthanized by the city one day before a hearing.
Lisa Norwood with Animal Care Services said the cats were seized before the two week period was up because the cats were in a dangerous position where life-saving action was needed immediately for the welfare of the cats. Trethan disagrees with the decision to remove her cats, admitting the house was a mess but her cats were safe.
Trethan stood outside in her nightgown fuming as cats were removed one at a time in cages and crates. No decision has been made at this time as to whether Trethan will face charges, nor has the outcome of the cats been decided.
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