Animal control seizes dozens of animals from Columbia home

3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 7:06:00 AM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager

COLUMBIA - Animal control officers, helped by Columbia police, removed dozens of animals from a home on August 21.

A tip from a concerned neighbor, who reported seeing cats in poor health and a bad smell coming from the home, prompted the investigation. When animal control officers went by, they saw the cats and smelled the odor, and reported finding more cats roaming the property.

The owner told them they owned some dogs and a couple of ducks, but the rest of the animals belonged to a family member living in a trailer on the property. They also said they thought they lived outside city limits.

Animal Control told the owner they were in the city limits, and had until August 19 to get the animals registered and vaccinated, and to remove the ducks. Ducks are considered livestock per state ordinance and owning them in city limits isn't allowed.

After checking with veterinarians around the city, Animal Control found no records of vaccinations or registrations since 2010. They reached out to the owner, asking them to give up some of the pets and vaccinate and register the other, but they said the owner refused.

When officers visited the home again on August 19, they said they found nothing had changed, except there were even more ducks in the yard. They returned the next day with police officers to serve a warrant. Inside the home they found two dozen cats, three dogs and two birds. Officers reported feces and urine everywhere, and the animals in various states of health. They said many of the animals had eye and respiratory infections and flea allergies; one cat had open wounds and hair loss.

Officers confiscated the animals and took them to the Central Missouri Humane Society. On Thursday, the Humane Society posted on Facebook, saying they've had to temporarily stop taking in cats because of the influx of cats from the confiscation.

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