Hoarders Keeping Cats In Hotel Rooms
by Elisa Black-Taylor
Good morning readers. As all of you know, I do rescue from the Greenville County Animal Care Services shelter in Greenville, SC. They have brought it to my attention that 32 cats found in a hoarding abuse case in a hotel room are now under their care at GCAC. I’ll write more on hoarders keeping cats in hotel rooms as soon as I address this urgent situation.
GCAC Services is in desperate need of people to sponsor the cats so rescues can take them out at no charge. The fee, which is usually $50, covers spay/neuter, inoculations and FIV/FeLV test and micro-chipping.
I spoke with Andrea by email a few minutes ago to find out what was going on. She didn’t know anything except they now have 32 new cats, along with the local people throwing their pets away.
This has hit me hard personally because it meant the cats coming to the top of the euthanasia list were put to sleep today. This included Sheela and Shirley’s brother and sister (Cooper and Shea) whom I couldn’t take. I’ve been hoping and praying someone would have rescued the two remaining kittens.
I have a total of 15 cats now. Unlike the hoarders out there, I know my limit and 15 is it. I don’t feel I can rescue any more until I get a few of the ones I have placed. And the only cat I have now who isn’t happy is Lily. I have several friends on the lookout for her to find a single pet family.
The information for the GCAC shelter to rescue a cat (and out of state rescue is welcome) is email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure in the subject heading to type in “Attention Andrea RESCUE and the ID number and name of the cat.” It may be Monday before your email is returned and Andrea operates strictly through email.The phone number to sponsor a cat is (864) 467-3950. To see the cats, please go here.
Now back to hoarders keeping cats in hotel rooms. There is a case from Columbia, Missouri where Susan Kohler was charged last summer with keeping too many cats within the city limits. She had 32 cats in a room at a Motel 6. Four of the cats were dead.
Many of the cats, mostly oriental shorthairs, were ill when taken into custody by animal control. They are all well now. Kohler has been paying for the cats to be housed at the shelter and also for any vet bills. She has paid over $19000 so far and if it takes awhile for this to go to trial the amount is expected to rise to over $40000.
She pleaded innocent to animal abuse charges. I haven’t been able to locate a final decision on her case. I did find she went to trial in August 2010 with the intention of clearing her name and getting back her cats.
Read on for another case of hotel cat hoarding.
In a report I found online dated March 30, 2009, Ron Teague of Plano, Texas was charged with hoarding 21 cats in a hotel room. He had lived there with the cats for at least two months and many of the cats were in bad health.
Ron had made the news for hoarding 70 cats in his home in 2007.
In both of Teague’s cases the animals were living in filthy conditions.
Is hotel cat hoarding becoming more widespread? I think it is. Especially in the extended stay motels where the guest gets a mini kitchen andI also found a case where several dozen rabbits were seized from a hoarder.
I chose to write this story with intention to help the shelter I work through. I’ve been educated in the process of writing this article and now know how far hoarders will go to feed their addiction. Have any of the readers at pictures-of-cats.org ever heard of hotel hoarding? I’m just curious.