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Iowa Animal Rescue League saves 74 cats and kittens from hoarding situation

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) - The Animal Rescue League of Iowa says they worked through the night to rescue at least 74 cats and kittens from a basement in Des Moines.

In a Facebook post, the organizations says they arrived at a "gruesome" scene.

74 cats rescued from basement

74 CATS RESCUED FROM BASEMENT: The ARL Mobile Rescue Team worked for hours into the evening last night to rescue 74 cats and kittens (and counting) from a basement in Des Moines. ARL rescuers arrived at a gruesome scene: There were cats everywhere, including inside the walls. The floors were covered with bloody diarrhea from cats who were critically ill. It was clear that a lot of suffering had occurred inside that house. As our team began to triage the cats at the scene, we found days-old kittens with umbilical cords still attached, 2 cats with leg deformities that were likely from inbreeding, many female cats who are likely pregnant, and several more with life-threatening medical conditions. We are still working to rescue the remaining cats, and like before, we will not stop until every last one is rescued – no matter what it takes. Sadly, help arrived too late for 4 of the cats, but it could have been even worse. It turns out that the cats had only been on the property for 5 days before the rescue began! Because of your support, we were able to answer the call, but the work is not over yet. We desperately need your help to provide critical medical treatments and ongoing care to prepare these cats for eventual adoption. Almost all of them will need spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and microchips in addition to their other medical needs. Your support will ensure the 70 living cats and kittens (and counting) get the care they deserve and the safe homes they have always deserved. You’ll also ensure we can provide this for the additional cats and kittens we are still working to capture. 2019 was a heartbreaking and challenging year for large-scale rescues, and 2020 is already off to a challenging start. We don’t know what the rest of the year will bring, but we know that together we can save these cats’ lives, and with your help we will continue to be there for animals who are waiting for a miracle.To help, just click the button with this post or give on our website at http://ow.ly/ld7Q50yk82X.#bethemiracle

Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Teams who led the rescue mission report finding days-old kittens with umbilical cords still attached, two cats with leg deformities likely from inbreeding, many female cats who are likely pregnant and several others with life-threatening medical conditions.

RESCUE ALERT: The ARL Mobile Rescue Team was on site today rescuing cats from a hoarding situation. Some of the cats and...

Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Rescue League says they're still working to rescue the remaining cats. They say the cats had only been on the property for five days before the rescue.

Almost all of the cats will need some type of medical treatment, including spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and microchips.

KTTC Staff

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