By SHERRI KOLADE
DEARBORN — Dearborn Police and Animal Control took more than a dozen cats from a house on Walwit Street May 15 after neighbors complained that it was overrun with animals.
The officers took the cats — some of which had respiratory infections — to the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
Sandy Bolton, public relations director for the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, said the shelter received 14 kittens that were in decent condition and appropriate weight, although some had upper respiratory infections and discharge emanating from their eyes which is very contagious, Bolton said.
The kittens are separated from the rest of the animals in the shelter and are being treated for their conditions.
After the kittens are treated, they will be put up for adoption, Bolton said.
“As far as we know after treatment these kittens will be adoptable,” Bolton said. “We are happy that the kittens can be adopted soon.”
She added that the kittens will be vacinnated and sterilized before being put up for adoption. It will be at least a week before the first kitten can be adopted.
Animal Control officers plan to return to the woman’s house to help her manage the rest of her cats, Bolton said.
The Dearborn Animal Shelter did not know how many more cats were in the woman’s house.
“They are bringing more to the shelter,” Bolton said. “But we don’t know what that number will look like and how many are working with her to get that population to a manageable level.”
She added that the officers intend to have the animals at the woman’s house vaccinated and sterilized and the resident will be responsible for the fees.
Animal Control and police did not respond by press time. It is not known if the woman was ticketed.
(Sherri Kolade can be reached at [email protected])