Animal rescue groups struggle to save close to 100 malnourished cats from New Hyde Park home

They were found last Thursday after the homeowner was hospitalized. Cat rescue groups rushed in to help, but what they found was overwhelming.

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2021, 9:51 PM

Updated 1,062 days ago

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Dozens of cats and kittens were found living in filthy conditions in a house in New Hyde Park, but getting them out is no easy task.
Cats by the dozens were discovered stacked on top of each other, starving - and some dying.
They were found last Thursday after the homeowner was hospitalized. Cat rescue groups rushed in to help, but what they found was overwhelming.
Close to 100 cats were in the home - some locked in cages, others hiding - all without food and water.
Claudia Kessler and Jennifer Durst, along with an army of volunteers, have been working for several days, feeding, cleaning and taking the cats.
Along with the almost 100 starving cats inside the home, there were buckets found with several dead and decomposing cats inside.
Along with the physical help of caring for the cats, the rescue groups need to find the cats shelter and medical care.
The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter has taken more than a dozen cats out of the home, but space is tight, so for the time being, these cats who are being cared for in the home must sit and wait - until hopefully they can be placed.
Maggio Environmental has donated a 20-foot dumpster to help in the rescue effort.


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