The Cass County Animal Control of Cassopolis, Michigan is trying to place the survivors of a recent enforcement action into loving homes. Of the more than 90 cats seized by authorities on September 12, only about two-dozen have made it to this point. Sixty-seven of the cats found at the Howard Township residence of Carol Bowie had to be euthanized. Another died on its own while in custody. Some cats were claimed by their original owners, who said they believed that their pets were going to a good home when they gave their cats to the 59-year-old woman. A few others have been adopted, including one that was taken in by an animal control officer.
Adoptions will continue throughout the coming week. The cats that do not find homes within that timeframe might face euthanasia.
Bowie was charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty, including failure to provide a clean and safe environment and failure to properly feed and vaccinate the animals, all misdemeanors. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and her trial date is November 6 at the Cass County 4th Judicial District Court.
Persons interested in adopting one (or more!) of the homeless cats should visit the Cass County Animal Shelter at 23 Michigan 62 N. in Cassopolis, MI. For more information about the adoption process, call the shelter at 269-445-3701. The shelter also has web space on Petfinder.com, but as of this writing it does not appear to be up to date.
Photo: This is Fred, one of the cats on the Cass County Animal Control’s Petfinder.com web space. He’s not one of the cats rescued recently by authorities, but he looks like a nice boy, doesn’t he?