WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — More than 50 cats were rescued by police officers and SPCA workers on Monday from an organization that purportedly rescues cats.
Officials with the SPCA serving Erie County say they secured a search warrant before raiding an organization called Bob the Cat Animal Rescue on Creekview Drive in West Seneca.
Reports of cats that weren’t being cared for fueled the search warrant, which they were able to serve to the owner of the organization. After entering the building, SPCA officials say they found cats suffering from severe upper respiratory infections, ringworm, conjunctivitis and other illnesses.
The cats, that totaled over 50 inside, are joined by roughly 20 outdoor feral cats in the rescue. The SPCA is leaning on Feral Cat Focus to help with the outdoor cats, and other organizations to help house some of the seized cats.
SPCA officials say they have had run-ins with the owner of the Creekview Drive organization in the past, dating back to 2004. The SPCA says it has had to administer some form of care to more than 500 of the owner’s cats.
Charges are pending against the owner of the organization.