Target: Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
Goal: Demand that the owner of 22 sick cats is punished for animal neglect.
Twenty-two sick cats were recently rescued from an unsanitary Santa Ana home by Animal Control authorities. They reportedly had to wear air respirators in order to enter the home where they found almost two dozen cats covered in fleas and suffering from dehydration and infections.
Animal Control was called to the home of 67-year-old Mary Lee Edgecomb after neighbors complained of a foul smell coming from her property. According to authorities, most of the home was covered in cat urine and feces. They also described the bedrooms as being filled “more than waist-high with garbage.” One of the neighbors admitted that he found a cat corpse in the yard next door while doing landscaping work earlier this month. When approached about the cats, the owner became aggravated and protective as if she had actually been properly supporting the animals. Animal Control even had to obtain a warrant just to get inside of the home and rescue the cats.
The case will be presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in order to determine if animal neglect charges will be filed. Sign the petition below to demand justice for the helpless animals that were hoarded and would have likely died if they were not found.
Dear Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas,
Animal hoarding is becoming more common, as there are many people who feel as though they are actually helping animals by taking so many into their homes when they are actually exposing them to harmful living conditions. Many animals have died due to neglect and those that are rescued often suffer from serious injuries and illnesses.
The 22 cats discovered in this case were likely living in horrific conditions for many years and others probably didn’t survive. Pet owners in these cases should understand the responsibility that comes with owning a pet, and those who do not properly support their animals should be treated just as if they are physically harming them.
Fortunately, the cats were found before they died from their infections and rescued from the home. However, there’s no guarantee that the owner will not acquire more cats later on, as many animal hoarders do not understand the dangers of collecting more pets than they can handle.
I urge you to ensure that the owner of these cats understands that neglecting animals is a crime and should not be overlooked.
[Your Name Here]
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