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32 cats deemed too sick to save

Published June 13, 2007


SEFFNER - Thirty-two cats rescued from the care of a disheveled elderly woman Monday were euthanized today, according to Hillsborough County Animal Services.

"We tried everything, every bit to save even one, " said department director Bill Armstrong.

Staff veterinarian Isabelle Roese said the cats, most of them stained with urine and feces, were riddled with contagious diseases that presented a threat to the other 700 animals at the facility.

"We have to keep disease control to as a much as a minimum as we can, " Roese said. "But as a group, they were not adoption quality."

Twenty dogs also were seized from the custody of 82-year-old Myrtle Stewart. Two were euthanized today, and officials are monitoring two more for bad temperament, Roese said.

Efforts are under way to save the rest of the dogs, including a mother and her litter.

"We know these little critters have gone through stuff you never expect or hope they could go through, " said Armstrong. "It's never a case of the easiest thing to do."

[Last modified June 13, 2007, 01:19:41]

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