KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ann Dunn says that she has always been a cat person. But she says that she got overwhelmed, and as a result three dozen cats had to be taken to the Kansas City Missouri Animal Shelter.
"I brought it all on myself," said Dunn, who says that she was just trying to help. "I got too many, it got too expensive, got to be too much work for me."
According to the shelter, the cats all currently appear to be in fair to moderate condition, and are being cared for by the KC Pet Project`s veterinary staff and cat care team. One kitten died overnight at the shelter.
"There were a lot of cats around, and I brought them in too feed them, and turned out half of them were pregnant," said Dunn. It didn't take long for the other half to get together as well.
"Some were males and females and they got pregnant in the house, and it just got out of hand," said Dunn. Eventually complaints from neighbors of her Northland duplex about the smell from all the cats brought Kansas City's Animal Control Department into the picture, and Dunn says that's when she made the decision to give them up.
"She surrendered the cats over too us, so she wanted to whats best for cats," said Tori Fugate with the KC Pet Project.
The shelter says that in addition to this hoarding situation, shelter resources are already stretched thin due to an intake of over 60 cats in just the past week, with the majority of those being dropped off by the public.
The shelter says that they have seen an intake of 218 total animals since July 18th.
KC Pet Project staff is working to place most of these cats in outdoor or barn homes across the state. Some of them have already been altered; the rest will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped before being released from the facility, officials said.
A total of six kittens will be put up for adoption to the public.
Dunn kept her four original cats, and is in the process of cleaning up her home. She could still face a fine if Animal Control officers decide to cite her.
The shelter is asking the public for donations to help care for the rescued cats. Click here for more information.