Target: PAWS Director, Dee Thompson
Goal: Praise the arrest of a couple that allegedly hoarded close to 100 cats in their home, all of which had to be euthanized.
A Crestview, Missouri couple was taken into custody on outstanding warrants for aggravated animal cruelty. The authorities counted a total of ninety-two cats; most of them were in poor conditions and had to be euthanized and removed from the home.
Jerry McCallum and Felicia Guy, the residents of the home, were arrested for a total of five counts of animal cruelty, two misdemeanor animal abandonment, and felony probation violation. They were also charged for confining animals without adequate food and water. After inspection by authorities, they allegedly found cats with missing eyeballs, holes in their tongues and they were all exposed to highly contagious diseases. Some of the cats reportedly were found in such deplorable conditions that it was clear that they were suffering with extreme pain.
Neighbors complained about the stench coming from the home for over a year. Officers frequently visited the home, but it wasn’t until December 2014 when McCallum’s probation officer entered the home and saw the chaos that was inside. The probation officer contacted Missouri’s Protective Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and reported the conditions that shocked him. They reported seeing cats scattered all over the filth-covered home. Many of the cats were very sick and some were already dead. The veterinarians had no choice but to euthanize all of them. PAWS have been working with the State Attorney’s Office since the cats were discovered.
Please sign this petition to support the arrest of this couple for reportedly endangering the lives of 92 cats.
Dear Director Dee Thompson,
Reports in the media have shown that the number of animal hoarders is on the rise. Most of these people become overwhelmed from taking care of the animals in their home and choose not to ask for help. This couple allegedly let their home get out of hand by attempting to care for 92 cats.
Thank you and the rest of the Protective Animal Welfare Society team for partnering with the Missouri police and rescuing these animals and arresting their caregivers. The chaos in this home was unseen to the public eye, but the stench coming from it alarmed every one of their neighbors who played a part in this discovery. Although the cats had to be euthanized, it is still good to know that these two people will not be hurting any more animals in the future. Please continue your great work and saving vulnerable animals in Missouri.
[Your Name Here]
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