February 18, 2015

Humane Society Removes 31 Cats from Apartment

By: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton


The Humane Society of Greater Dayton removed 31 cats from a home on Linden Avenue  in Dayton on Tuesday as part of a cruelty and neglect investigation.


“These animals were removed because they were being kept in unsafe and unsanitary living conditions,” said Sheila Marquis, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s Chief Humane Agent. “In hoarding cases like this, owners typically have a strong love for animals, but become overwhelmed by their circumstances. I think this is what we are dealing with in this case as well.”

Most of the cats removed from the home suffered several medical issues and are being treated at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton or within foster homes.

“We are the area’s largest and oldest no-kill animal welfare agency and it is our priority to protect and help animals,” said Brian Weltge, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. “We are also concerned about the people found in these situations and will be working with several departments to ensure she receives the care she needs.”


Help Support These Animals


Help support these cats as well as other animals entering our shelter through our cruelty/neglect program by donating to our Rescue Fund. This will help us defray the costs of shelter, medical care, supplies and other expenses regarding cases like this one. The Rescue Fund is a local fund and 100% of the money donated to this fund will go toward the care of animals in our community that come to our shelter through the cruelty and neglect program.


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton receives no government funding and relies solely on the donations of individuals and organizations to help fund their efforts in saving more animals in need. With hoarding cases like this happening far more frequently, the Humane Society is looking for a space they can permanently use to care for animals in cases of cruelty or neglect, but they need your help! If you are interested in donating a space, contact Weltge at bweltge@hsdayton.org.

“Cases like this one are wonderful examples of why it is so important to spay and neuter your pets,” said Marquis. “If these animals were spayed or neutered early on, we may not have seen such a large number of cats in this home. If you need assistance please call the Humane Society. We offer many low-cost spay/neuter options for individuals in our community.”

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded in 1902, it is the largest and most established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call (937) 268-PETS (7387).

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, photos or information regarding these stories, contact media@hsdayton.org

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