Officials Remove 27 Cats from Home
At first 17 cats were found, then 19, and finally a total of 27 cats were taken from the home and brought to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter. Due to the shelter having limited space, and some of the cats testing positive for FIV, a disease found in cats, the city needed to act fast.
According to Columbia veternarian Dr. Gina Hale, who acually lives in Jefferson City, FIV is a "fairly common disease" that only affects cats. FIV stands for feline immunodeficiency virus and is spread through bite wounds.
Hale says that although FIV cannot affect humans, but people should still make sure to protect their cats.
"There is no cure for it and there's no vaccine for it," Hale said. "So if you have a cat that's positive you want to make sure you keep it inside. So you do not run the risk of infecting other cats."
"They are sorry the cats had to be put asleep, but are not going to miss them hanging around on their balcony," a neighbor said. "The cats would hang around my balcony for hours on end. I would eventually have to spray them off with a hose."
At thist time the city is not releasing the name of the family.