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Woman who had 86 cats won’t face charges

Phillip YatesPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS A woman who had 86 cats living inside of Battlement Mesa apartment on Wednesday will not face any charges, according to the Garfield County Sheriffs Office. All the cats are now at the Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter, where the staff is currently struggling to treat, clean and find new homes for all the shaken animals.Tanny McGinnis, a spokeswoman for the sheriffs office, said the department would not reveal the womans name or age since she has not been charged with any crimes.She said sheriffs deputies responded to the womans two-bedroom apartment in Battlement Mesa after she asked for assistance on Wednesday because she was moving and could not manage all the cats. There were no details about the womans current living situation.Asked about the sanitary conditions the animal control officer found in the womans apartment, McGinnis simply described it as unhealthy.Leslie Rockey, executive director of CARE, said the facility has been able to transfer five of the 86 cats to the Cat Care Society in Denver. CARE staff are also expected to send about 16 of their currently adoptable pets to two other programs in the Denver area to free space for the newly arrived cats.We are very thankful for help from the Denver-area, she said.But Rockey added some of the cats are considerably more stressed today than they were on Thursday about a day after they came to the shelter. She said many of the pets are still not eating and that some have intestinal problems.When CARE staffers came into the shelter on Friday, they found that one of the cats was pregnant and had birthed some kittens that died. Rockey said that two other cats are being sent to local veterinarians for additional treatment. Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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