After getting out of hand, Oregon Humane Society takes custody of 13 kittens, 46 adult cats

The recent surrendering of 59 cats from a Newberg apartment is one of the best examples of the need to spay and neuter David Lytle said he’s seen.

“Things can get out of hand very quickly if you don’t spay and neuter them. It’s a very good example, if you don’t … you can end up with 60,” said Lytle, public affairs manager for the Oregon Humane Society.

The Newberg woman surrendered her 13 kittens and 46 adult cats after a welfare check by OHS April 22.

“We did get a report from a member of the public who was concerned about the cats there,” he said. “We get about 1,000 reports every year and one of our officers does a welfare check to check on the resident and say, `Hey, we’ve heard maybe your cats need some help.’”

Lytle added that when the owner was approached, she decided it was to the point she needed to give them up.

“Her husband originally brought in a couple kittens about two years ago and the kittens started multiplying and I think they brought in others that were strays,” he said, reiterating the need to spay and neuter pets.

The OHS medical team is examining the cats but Lytle said at first glance, they seemed fairly healthy.

“The ones I saw seemed to be in good health, but our medical team is examining them all thoroughly,” he said. The animals’ apparent good health means it’s unlikely the owner will face charges.

“We will not turn a blind eye if we uncover criminal acts, for example, if we found these cats had been abused, but we haven’t seen any of those violations to date,” Lytle said. “We do want to help people in cases like this when people get overwhelmed with good intentions. We want to help them out.”

He said OHS reserves the right to bring charges at a later date if issues arise. For now, the cats are being spayed or neutered, cleaned up and readied for adoption in a week or two.

“Often people will not want to relinquish their pets, they fight it and claim they can keep up with them, but in reality no one can do that,” he said. “This person did the right thing and that’s what we like.”

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