Wednesday July 18th, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton received a startling anonymous tip. Concerned citizens discovered that cats were being kept in a local storage unit!
They sent one of their Humane Agents to investigate the claim and upon arriving at Great Value Storage, the smell of urine was overpowering, even outside the unit. However, they couldn’t legally enter without a search warrant.
The dedicated Agent hurried to the courthouse to obtain the necessary documentation right away. Not long after, they were able to rescue 7 cats and 2 kittens from the inhumane conditions.
Temperatures were in the mid 80’s, and with no air circulation or acceptable amounts of drinking water and food in the outdoor storage unit, the cats were sadly left to suffer in the heat. They were being held in small crates and carriers, crowed together in the “housing”. The storage unit was jammed full of other household items.
Thankfully all 9 felines were alive and removed safely from the storage unit, but no one knows how long they were trapped in the confined space.
They are all currently being treated and examined for any additional issues.
The case is also being sent to the prosecutors office for possible charges and jail time could be a consideration. Ideally there is video footage at the storage facility and the owner can be charged for this heinous act. We can’t imagine a world in which this could be considered an “accident”.
It’s up to US to say something if we see something! If it had not been for someone calling this in, these poor cats may never have been saved!