BOISE — The Idaho Humane Society, responding to a hoarding situation, saved 59 cats in July that were living in a “cramped and disease-filled domicile,” according to the Idaho Humane Society.
The cats were found in a hotel room at the Super 8 motel off Vista Avenue near the Boise Airport, Idaho Press reports. Heather Hawking has been cited with permitting animals to go without care, according the the Humane Society.
A judge presiding over the hoarding case has since granted the Humane Society custody of what has become 77 cats on Sept. 6. Many of the rescued cats were pregnant and gave birth at the shelter. Nine cats died or were euthanized from their medical conditions, according to a press release from the Humane Society.
Since taking care of the cats, which were rescued on July 15 and 16, the organization has spent almost $30,000 caring for the felines.
According to the Humane Society, the defendant is responsible for paying the organization restitution for feeding, medical care and housing the cats. However, historically, the Idaho Humane Society has never received any compensation, it stated in the release.
The Humane Society has transferred many of the cats who had kittens to the organization’s partners at Simply Cats and Fuzzy Pawz.
The hoarding case is still pending in court.
To report suspected animal cruelty, neglect or animal fighting, call the toll free number at 866-430-9432.
Donations can be made to the Idaho Humane Society in the effort of protecting animals from abuse here at www.idahohumanesociety.org.