Family Adopts 1 Of Hundreds Of Cats Involved In SPCA Raid - New York News

Family Adopts 1 Of Hundreds Of Cats Involved In SPCA Raid

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Into the night, the PSPCA hauled out hundreds of cats found living in a filthy North Philadelphia home.

Now the big task of evaluating them and finding them new homes begins.

Officers wrapped up collecting the 260 cats at around 8 p.m., 11 hours after they started.

However, not all the cats taken to the PSPCA building can be placed in a new home right away.

"Say hi. "Say that's my new kitty cat," a PSPCA employee said.

It was quite a day for the cat, known as Busty. Just hours after being one of 260 cats seized by PSPCA officers at a house on Fillmore Street, her story has a happy ending, thanks to the Santiago family.

"We watched it on the news earlier, and we just came and she wanted a kitty cat and we promised her one so we just came down to look, and that's the one she ended up falling in love with," Josie Santiago said.

Officers worked after the sun went down removing the cats from a home where a sign saying "Crazy Cat Lady" was posted.

They said they wore masks because ammonia levels were so high in the house.

A handful of those felines are up for adoption, but the other seized cats have not been surrendered and still legally belong to the home owner.

Once they were brought in, techs formed an assembly line giving the cats vaccinations and general care.

Sarah Eremus with PSPCA said the home was a cat rescue and had up to 300 cats living there at one point.

"Often times what happens is some people that are cat lovers or animal lovers want to help out, but then they get themselves in over their heads and they just can't handle that amount of animals," Eremus said.

Neighbors said they're happy something was done for the animals' sake and because of the smell on their block.

"They dig in your trash and it gets really stinky in the summer time," Destiny Perez said.

Now at least one of the hoarded cats has a new home. Something 2-year-old Yari couldn't be more excited about.

"You see the cat is scared so we want to make sure we take it and give it a good home and make it forget about what it's been through before," Santiago said.

There have been no charges filed against the woman and she was allowed to remain in her home.

The PSPCA said she has been cooperating with authorities.

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