Rescued cats have nowhere to go

25 cats in shelter after being removed from condemned home

By Ashley Harding - Reporter

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. - Dozens of cats found in a condemned Neptune Beach home remain at the city's Animal Care and Control with nowhere to go.

The city says it doesn't have enough room to keep the cats for a long period of time and has tried to reach out to the city of Jacksonville but has hit a roadblock.

Now animal rescuers are desperate for homes for the cats.

At least 25 cats were being held at Neptune Beach Animal Care and Control. They're the same group taken from a condemned home on East Oceanwood Drive.

"They can't stay here forever," animal rescuer Courtney Conners said. "Ideally, these kitties need to be out in someone's home so they can get the one-on-one care that they need. Right now we just don't have the people on hand to give them the attention they deserve."

Investigators say the cats were found living in horrible conditions earlier this week.

Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services officials said it needs a written surrender from the owner of the cats to take them in, and that hasn't happened yet.

"It's not that simple. There has to be legal authority that the custody of those animals was properly gotten," Scott Trebatoski, division chief of ACPS, said in a phone interview.

In the meantime, the cats have each seen a vet and are now healthy. Rescuers continue working around the clock, hoping someone will step up and offer to foster the cats.

"If they can call us, get in touch with us, we will provide them with everything they need just for a short period of time," Trebatoski said. "Get them to take care of the guys, get them well so we can adopt them out."

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