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60-plus animals seized following hoarding complaint

The cats, dogs and a bearded dragon are being taken care of at Cumberland County Animal Services


More than 60 animals were seized from a residence on Marigold Drive as part of an investigation into animal neglect and hoarding, Cumberland County Animal Services said Monday.

Cumberland County Animal Services and the Sheriff’s Office are investigating a complaint related to a residence in the 3200 block of Marigold Drive, Animal Services said in a release.

Animal Services staff removed 54 cats, nine dogs and one bearded dragon from the residence due to unsanitary conditions, the release said. Two dead animals also were removed from the property.


Many of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections, and several of the dogs and cats have ringworm fungal infections, Animal Services said. The animals are receiving medical treatment under the guidance of the shelter veterinarian, the release said.

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 “It is always heartbreaking to deal with animal hoarding because usually the individuals involved start out with good intentions,” Animal Services Director Elaine Smith said in the release. “Their lack of ability to see issues in animals under their care can result in very serious cases of neglect.” 


Charitable animal rescue organizations such as Paw Project of Dunn are helping take in some of the animals. But Animal Services said it needs help from the community to find homes for the cats and kittens.

“Including the animals from this case, we have more than 170 cats and kittens currently under our care,” Smith said. “People who have room in their homes and hearts for a new pet can really help our situation by adopting one of our many wonderful animals.”



People also may help by making donations. The shelter accepts donations of pet supplies, including cat litter and dry and canned cat and kitten food. Monetary donations may be made to the county’s Animal Medical Fund to offset the costs of medical treatment for animals like the ones seized.


The animal shelter is open this week Monday through Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Thanksgiving.

The usual adoption fee of $70 for cats will be waived this week. The adoption fee for dogs is $100.


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