The cat hoarding tragedy coming out of northern Davidson County, North Carolina this week is the stuff of nightmares. I’m hoping the comments will carry this article because there are a lot of assumptions going around on social media.
Photo courtesy Isabell Sforza
Here’s what we know for sure.
- Deputies deputies found a “number of cats,” both alive and dead, alongside “numerous deceased animals” in a Clemmons home located on Longmeadow Drive last week
- Deputies brought the case to the District Attorneys Office who decided no charges will be filed in the case.
- The stench was so bad that firefighters and deputies had to wear masks to breathe and cover themselves in insecticide because fleas were so bad.
- No one was found in the home. The person who is being accused of allowing cats to die (and has quickly earned the name of a female Michael Vick). Reports of a bad odor have been going around for years.
I’ve been told six inches of cat feces covered the entire floor of the home. Dead cat carcasses were allegedly found on the property along with a number of live cats. One report says wildlife is involved.
The main thread for this horrific cat hoarding case can be found here. If you take the time to read the comments, you’ll find a mix of people. A thread on the Facebook page belonging to DJ Rademaker Luffman stated
“How do you justify this? These kitties are starving! It’s almost 95* out in the shade and these babies have no food or water. tonight we gave them water and all I had was dog food, but they gobbled it up! This is selfishness at it’s worst. Leave a dog in a car for a few minutes and you can get arrested for animal cruelty, but nothing is done about this! Please explain this Davidson County! “
Photo courtesy DJ Rademaker Luffman
I know this is an article that will get a lot of exposure. It’s also a gathering place to combine rescue efforts. Food is needed. Rescue or foster homes are needed. There may be needs to catch the remainder of the cats on the property.
I won’t mention the name of the woman who is said to be responsible for this nor will I post her exact address. If you look a source 1 and 2 her address is posted. Since no arrest was made I’m simply protecting myself.
The Facebook threads above also give her name and there are videos on both news media sources if you care to watch them.
Unfortunately, North Carolina is known for being lax in animal cruelty cases. Either the cases go to court as many times as possible or no charges are filed at all.
The information in this article is all I have. If you have questions, feel free to ask and perhaps someone involved in helping the cats can answer you.