ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Animal control officers took dozens of cats from a home in Round Rock Wednesday afternoon.
Officials said officers were working to extract up to 60 cats from a home located near Sam Bass Road and Woods Boulevard. The seizure was voluntary for the sake of the cats’ health, officials told KXAN.
Round Rock police said 28 cats were removed Wednesday, while the rest are expected to be removed Thursday.
“The homeowner recognized, ‘yes, I agree with you, please help me with my animals,’ so it became a welfare situation,” said Jimmy Keese, Round Rock Police commander.
The Round Rock Police Department said the homeowner likely won’t face any charges, because there was compliance.
“There are some in the house that have become in need of different levels of care over time that the owner was no longer able to provide,” said Keese.
The cats were sent to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter for an assessment. If they are deemed healthy, they will be available for adoption as early as Thursday.
“If they need to go to a foster home to maybe get some socialization, then we’ll do that,” said April Peiffer, shelter community programs coordinator.
Peiffer said the cats’ arrival comes at a time when the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is already stretched thin.
“We just got through an extra-long kitten season, and we have been suffering with staffing shortages, we everyone has,” said Peiffer. “We also had COVID exposures, so we’ve really been struggling, and this presents another challenge, but as always, we’ll do everything we need to do.”
There were also a number of dead cats in the home, officials said.
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter said it’s likely they will need donations to care for the cats appropriately.
If people want to donate, they can head to wilcopets.org,” said Peiffer. “If they are interested in adopting any of these animals, they can send an email through firstname.lastname@example.org. They can schedule an appointment through that system. They can come meet the cats and help us reduce those numbers.”