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The Great CAT-astrophe

Cats, Cats, Everywhere Cats
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TAYLORVILLE — Pictured above is just a handful of the 65 total cats and kittens the Christian County Animal Control took in over the weekend. The Animal Shelter is accepting donations at the Taylorville location. See story at right.

(Lucas Domonousky/Breeze-Courier Photo)

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — On Friday afternoon the Taylorville Police Department received a call concerning the possible number of cats within the residents. Taylorville Animal Control Officer, Andy Goodall, was asked to come assist the officers on scene. The owner agreed to surrender the cats. The final count is 65 total cats.

“At first we didn’t know how many we had.” stated Goodall. “It was in the best interest of the owner to surrender the cats.”

According to the city of Taylorville code there is a 3 cat limit per house. There hasn’t been any legal action taken upon the resident as of now. The address of the house and the resident have not been identified by authorities.

“The first concern was making sure all the cats were taken care of.” Goodall said.

All 65 cats appear to be in good condition. A veterinarian was able start the health check-up on all the kitties Monday afternoon.

The expenses incurred with just the check up is estimated to reach well over $8,000. Then you add food, litter and any other needs for the cats and it starts to add up. Donations are being requested and taken at Christian County Animal Control. They will accept cash, checks, food, litter and any other items thought needed. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated to help offset those costs. Taylorville resident Debby Wells brought in a donation of $25, food, litter and a few beds for the cats.

Finally, Andy Goodall thanked Christian County Animal Control.

“I just wanted to say thank you to Christian County Animal Control for taking care of all these cats.” he said. “Normally they have 12-15 cats on a busy day so now we bring an additional 65 cats without warning. So it’s been quite a strain and burden on them and we appreciate everything they’re doing to take care of all these animals.”

For more information you can reach Christian County Animal Control at 217-824- 5433.

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