Placentia RCMP say that charges are pending under the new Animal Health and Protection Act after 25 cats were found in a house in Fox Harbour on Thursday.
According to a news release issued late Friday evening, a veterinarian in St. John’s was the first person to contact police on Dec. 14 after a person from Fox Harbour brought two cats in for treatment.
One of the cats was severely emaciated, dehydrated, jaundiced and appeared to have burns on the bottom of its hind paws. The veterinarian had to euthanize the cat. The other, a kitten, was a emaciated and dehydrated, and was covered in fleas.
On Dec. 20, a search warrant was executed at the home in Fox Harbour. With assistance from the St. John’s SPCA, police found 25 cats “in various degrees of distress,” according to the news release.
The animals have been seized and turned over to the St. John’s SPCA. The organization is now treating and caring for the animals.