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Bad cat news: 70 sick cats euthanized

SpokAnimal employees faced a heartbreaking decision when a deadly virus was discovered in several of the cats at the shelter: euthanize every cat or risk spreading the infection.

They opted to put down 70 cats.

“It was not a good night,” said Laura Thulean, SpokAnimal’s chief operating officer.

On July 30, shelter operators discovered that two litters of kittens brought to the shelter were infected with feline distemper, a viral infection that attacks the lining of the cat’s gastrointestinal tract. Cats with the virus experience bloody diarrhea and severe dehydration, and it is often fatal.

The kittens were strays, apparently found in a West Central garage, Thulean said. They didn’t start exhibiting symptoms until a few days after they’d been dropped off at SpokAnimal.

By then, it was too late. Other animals were already showing symptoms, and several random diagnostic tests showed many of the cats had the virus. Kaitlin Gillespie, SR

Have you ever adopted a pet from a shelter?

Spokane Area Couple Had 39 Cats

Animal control officers wore white hazardous material suits as they worked to remove potentially dozens of cats from a Spokane home Wednesday. The couple who live at the residence, located on the 4000 block of North Addison Street, told SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. they have 39 cats. Officers had removed 20 cats as of Wednesday evening. SpokAnimal officials said the unidentified couple who live at the residence was cooperating and no charges have been filed, so they released few details Wednesday. Spokane County records show John K. Billington and Pamela M. Billington own the property, but it is unknown whether they are the two people currently living in the squalid home, which smelled strongly of urine/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (Christopher Anderson's SR photo: SpokAnimal Animal Control Officer Chad Himelspach holds one of the many cats that were removed from a home on Wednesday)

Question: How many cats would a neighbor have to have before you consider it a hoard?

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