Last Friday, Project Pet had been called to an apartment with the intent to vaccinate the owner’s cats, instead, the visit became an animal rescue. They do not typically go into homes for rescue, but found 90 cats in a woman’s 850-square foot condo in Lexington County.
Tracy Johnson, who is Director of Operations for Project Pet said they knew that it was going to be a bad situation when they approached the door.
Johnson said they found carcasses in various stages of decomposition, animals that were too sick to treat and many cats that were too wild to be tamed.
Johnson says that she would agree with anybody who would look at this situation and say that it’s animal cruelty. She says, however, that there has to be an acknowledged difference between somebody who is fighting animals, clearly a cruel act, and someone who is doing what they think is the right thing, in their mind, taking care of the animals. It wasn’t clear if any charges would be filed against the owner.
Project Pet works to eradicate animal overpopulation, which Johnson says is rampant. She urges everybody to spay and neuter their pets to help in situations that are in essence creating more of a problem than they began with.
Project Pet welcomes donations to assist in the cost of care for the surviving cats. They also need volunteers, foster parents, kitty litter and cat food. Johnson said, “This endeavors probably going to impact the organization by about $10,000 which is enormous for a non-profit. So, any help that we can get from the public would be greatly appreciated.”