SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — Thirty cats were rescued by the San Diego Humane Society after they were abandoned last month inside a condominium, the agency announced Wednesday.
The property manager of a condo complex in the 1000 block of East Washington Ave. in Escondido called the organization on Oct. 22 to report that a tenant had left their cats behind after being evicted, according to the San Diego Humane Society.
Officers from the agency’s law enforcement division found 31 cats living in “unsanitary conditions” inside the unit, San Diego Humane Society spokeswoman Nina Thompson said.
The cats were taken to the organization’s campuses in Escondido and Oceanside for extensive medical exams, Thompson said. A majority of the cats were found to be suffering from numerous medical conditions, including upper respiratory infections, diarrhea, ear infections and heart murmurs.
One cat had to be euthanized, Thompson said. The remaining 30 cats have undergone more than three weeks of intensive medical care and are in the process of being transferred to the organization’s rescue partner Love Your Feral Felines for recovery.
It is illegal to abandon an animal. The San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement is continuing its investigation working with a prosecutor assigned to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit.
“We want the community to know it never has to get to this point,” Chief of Humane Law Enforcement Bill Ganley said. “If you are a pet owner and your situation gets out of control, reach out to us so we can be a part of the solution. We want to help you and your animals.””
The Humane Society encourages the public to report animal emergencies, cruelty or neglect by calling 619-299-7012.