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Ontario woman who hoarded 105 cats avoids charges

An Ontario woman who was hoarding more than 100 cats in her apartment has avoided charges.

According to GuelphToday.com, the woman turned in 105 cats to the Guelph Humane Society last week and was investigated by the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS). A spokesperson from PAWS said that after the woman gave up the cats, the Ministry of the Solicitor General, which the organization operates under, had considered the case to be closed.

Once Guelph Human Society took the cats into care, it reported the incident to the PAWS hotline, which later sent a provincial inspector to assess the location.

Adrienne McBride, the humane society’s executive director, said that the organization reported the situation out of concern for the welfare of the cats. The animals were provided with basic care like vaccines, microchipping and parasite control. Several cats also had eye issues.

“There’s certainly some of them that are going to need more medical care. But at this point we’re just triaging and slowly letting them adjust to the new situation,” McBride said.

She added that the cats won’t be available for adoption until they are neutered, given additional and have some time to adjust to an alternative setting.