More than 85 Pets!
Court Orders Removal from Tallahassee Home
May 15, 2014
Following a county court ruling this morning, Tallahassee Animal Control officers are removing more than 80 cats and 5 dogs from a local residence. The court order granted immediate custody of the animals to the City of Tallahassee based on the court’s decision that the animals were in immediate danger and no other alternative exists.
Because of the condition of the home and the presence of high levels of ammonia, Animal Control staff at the scene are required to wear hazmat suits while inside the home. Nearby schools, including Trinity Catholic School and Leon High School were notified this afternoon that students, faculty and nearby homeowners were not at risk.
The pets were living in a 1,170 square foot home on Gunter Street. Animal Control staff and Be the Solution had been working with the owners over the last nine months to help address the cat overpopulation, including free spay/neuter surgeries and other necessary medical treatments for numerous cats with the owners’ permission.
“Going to court was a last resort but was an action that had to be taken due to the condition of the animals’ living environment,” said Lt. Jeff Doyle, Animal Control supervisor. “These are people who care about animals but were overwhelmed by the number of animals and the care they needed.”
The animals will be taken to the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center to receive veterinary examinations. The shelter plans to coordinate an adoption event so that the healthy pets can find new homes.
Jeff Doyle, Animal Control, 891-2972; or Michelle Bono, Communications Department, 891-8533