SPCA tries to rescue up to 40 cats from hoarder

One of the cats surrendered to the SPCA on Friday. About 30 others are still at the home. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

The Prince Albert SPCA is working to apprehend dozens of cats from a hoarder in Nipawin.

According to shelter operations manager Liana Maloney, the woman may have had up to forty cats living with her at one point. None had been spayed, neutered or vaccinated, and one is pregnant.

Maloney said she first received a tip a few weeks ago from the woman’s adult children, who were concerned about the living conditions in her home.

“Her family told me that it’s quite bad,” she said. “There’s a lot of feces and the house is not healthy.”

Maloney spoke to the woman, and convinced her to bring in nine of the cats on Friday. But the hoarder isn’t cooperating further, and won’t let animal control officers inspect the premises. Maloney said animal control officers can’t simply enter the house and take the animals without a warrant.

For more on this story, please see the March 18 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.