Animal shelter report: Food withheld from cats to ‘limit the amount of feces’

Credit: Stewart, Chris (CMG-Dayton)

Credit: Stewart, Chris (CMG-Dayton)

Cats at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center are fed just once a day to “limit the amount of feces” and felines often experience other “inhumane” conditions, a new report shows.

Consultants from Team Shelter USA assessed the facility from Nov. 26-30. The negative review of shelter operations contributed to the firing of former Director Mark Kumpf, according to county officials.

Stray felines are held sometimes up to three weeks in cages of fewer than 11 square feet of space, defined as inhumane by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, according to the Team Shelter USA assessment released this week by the county.

During the group’s Nov. 26-30 assessment of the shelter, 100 percent of the cats were affected by respiratory infections, including one that quickly died.

The study also noted that cats were not provided with toys, hiding options or soft bedding, but when provided with enrichment, cats were noticeably more content.

The consultants also noted that staff could not move cats from the stray hold to lobby or adoption area without walking through a dog kennel.

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