City struggling to handle influx of cats from Northland home - KCTV5

City struggling to handle influx of cats from Northland home

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The municipal animal shelter is overflowing after 152 cats, an American bulldog and a ferret were delivered from a Northland home.

"Everybody that was involved was in shock," said Dennis Moriarty, manager of the kennel. "It's like, 'Oh, my word' because they just kept on coming."

Authorities said they cited Delores "Anne" Metcalf for having too many animals in a home, failure to control odor and for animal cruelty. Her home on North Bales Avenue has been condemned.

More than 50 dead cats were found stuffed inside her freezer and refrigerator but officials said they are still removing dead cats from the home.

Metcalf could not be reached for comment Tuesday. On Monday, Metcalf watched as cat after cat was pulled from her home. She was later led away in handcuffs by police.

Three separate enclosures inside the shelter are housing 40 cats each. A fourth enclosure is needed for the kittens. Many of the kittens will need to be bottle fed.

Most of the cats have cuts, abrasions, fleas and hair loss. All of the cats were covered in feces and urine, officials said. The medical assessments and tests will take several days to complete.

"It's hard to see things like this happen," Moriarty said. "Then try to understand the circumstances of the individual that it happened to."

The cats are skittish, but Moriarty is hopeful they can be adjusted with time to human interaction.

Unclear on Tuesday was why the city didn't step in sooner. Kansas City police say they responded to five complaints about the condition of the home between July and last week.

Animal control says Metcalf was typically uncooperative, but she allowed officers inside her home on Monday. Police said the home was filthy and a television was the only furniture. Police said Metcalf apparently slept on the floor.

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