Dozens of cats found at Clinton home (updated w/police dept. comments)


Clinton Humane Society Operations Manager Sandi Bartels said she is glad the city is taking a stand and glad the home owner cooperated in taking dozens of cats for the home this week.

Bartels said she understood the investigation started because of You-Tube video shot locally of kids abusing and shooting at some cats.

Bartels said she is pleased the city enforced the animal control ordinance in the case and hopes it sends a message.

She said there were 27 cats brought out the Humane Society on Monday and 25 today and Bartels expects more on Wednesday.   The cats are all ages and Bartels said they all have various health issues that must addressed.

Bartels said that the reason to bring the cats to the Humane Society in groups is to allow them to find space – as she put it there are cats everywhere.  She said there are over 100 cats at the shelter now.

Bartels said it will some time before any of the cats can be adopted, but she encourages people to come out now to fill out an application to adopt an animal or to help foster some of the cats.

Clinton Police Captain James Klaes confirmed the You Tube video started the investigation.  He says the home owner has been charged with failure to license an animal and for violating the animal control ordinance governing having more animals than you can control.

Captain Klaes said the investigation into the actions in the video and the people involved in the video is continueing.