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Metro Animal Services Sees Increase In Cat Abuse/Neglect Cases

Friday June 15, 2012

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is alerting the public that acts of cruelty and abuse against animals will not be tolerated after a number of recent incidents involving cats.

On Thursday, June 14, 2012 LMAS officers, along with Metro Police, responded to investigate the death of a cat on St. Catherine Street. The suspect was arrested and six cats were taken into protective custody.

On May 15, officers from LMAS responded to investigate the death of a cat on Dulworth Drive. An autopsy later revealed the cat suffered injuries consistent with blunt force trauma to the head. The cat later died at a local veterinary hospital.

LMAS charged twenty-nine year old Charles Mills will felony animal torture after he admitted to having involvement that lead to the cat’s death.

Mills is also wanted by Metro Police after he failed to appear in court on a third degree burglary charge.

“Our officers deal with violent acts against animals on a daily basis,” said Director of Louisville Metro Animal Services Justin Scally. “It’s important for the community to realize that individuals that perform acts of violence against animals tend to be involved in other crimes. There is a direct correlation.”

If you know the whereabouts of Charles Mills, you are encouraged to contact Metro Police at 574-LMPD (5673).

LMAS Officers found over 25 cats and kittens in an investigation on June 1, 2012 on Dolphin Court. The owner surrendered many of the animals to LMAS. Seven of those kittens are currently up for adoption at the Animal House Adoption Center with more to come in the weeks ahead.

In an effort to find them and other cats a home, adoption specials are in place at the Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Road). Kittens are $35 and cats are $9. Both can be taken home with approved applications. Each cat or kitten is spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and licensed. There is no better time than now to help make an impact at LMAS through adoption! It’s an opportunity to be part of a national campaign, Adopt a Shelter Cat Month established by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

"Every day we see situations where people are overwhelmed with the number of kittens and cats in their house and turn them in. We really are asking the community to help us save these little ones and the hundreds of other dogs and cats that enter our facility as we continue to educate on the need to be responsible pet owners," said LMAS Senior Manager Margaret Brosko.

Breeding along with the already overpopulation of cats is a major problem that LMAS is faced with far too often. Summer is kitten season and many pregnant moms and very young kittens are coming to the Manslick location. LMAS needs the assistance of the community to help with this problem by fostering, adopting and spaying and neutering pets.

Report any incidents of hoarding or neglect to LMAS at 502-363-6609.