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Cats confiscated from Cary home

Posted August 12, 2009
Updated August 13, 2009

— Dozens of cats were removed from a Cary home Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Animal control officers responded to a call that cats were wandering in the front yard of 8626 Chapel Hill Road, and homeowner Jean Diaz agreed to surrender the animals, authorities said.

Cats confiscated from Cary home Cats confiscated from Cary home

“I really wasn't ready for the fact these cats had eight or nine kittens at a time,” Diaz said.

Sixty-five cats were removed from the home, and after being examined, only 36 were able to be saved.

“The other ones had to be euthanized, had to be put down because of health issues. They had a discharge from their eyes and had to be put down,” said Chris Davis, support services manager for the Cary Police Department.

Animal control officers worked to place as many of the cats as possible with area rescue organizations.

As for the cats taken from the house that were saved, when animal control put out the word for help, it didn't take long for one rescue group to answer the call.

Cat Angels Pet Adoptions rescued 25 of the animals. The group plans to spay, neuter, vaccinate and then put the cats up for adoption.

“They seem to all be well mannered. Some of them have upper respiratory issues that we can work through. They're friendly and clean. They've been indoors most of their lives,” said Deborah Fox, with Cat Angels Pet Adoptions.

Diaz was allowed to keep four of the cats. She said she is relieved that the cats will be getting the treatment that she couldn't afford to provide.

“The only male that I have is neutered. So, there won't be any worries about more kittens,” Diaz said.

The other 11 cats were being held late Wednesday at Cary’s animal control facility.

Anyone interested in adopting one of the cats is asked to call Cat Angels Pet Adoptions at 919-463-9586 or visit the group at 102-F Woodwinds Industrial Court in Cary from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.


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  • IzzMad2016 Aug 13, 2009

    "wow...I didn't think you were allowed to have cats in Cary."

    We can have cats in Cary....we just can't spray paint signs on them in an attempt to embarrass the Town of Cary into buying our house for about 75K more than it's worth so we can buy an RV and see the USA in our Chevrolet.

  • IzzMad2016 Aug 13, 2009

    "I've got pink eye right now; think I'm going to steer clear of Cary for a week or so."

    (sniffle) Rev .... I though we were friends???? (chin quiver)

  • Adelinthe Aug 13, 2009

    I've got pink eye right now; think I'm going to steer clear of Cary for a week or so.

    God bless.


  • tiblet Aug 13, 2009

    wow...I didn't think you were allowed to have cats in Cary.

  • Adelinthe Aug 13, 2009

    DR - "Once in a while we have to step back and put things into perspective. An animal's life lost is NOT the same thing as a human's life lost. An animal living in poor conditions is NOT the same thing as a human child living in poor conditions."

    According to The Bible, we were set as caretakers (shepherds) for them both, therefore, neither is outside of our responsibility.

    So are they equal?

    Of course not because children can grow to learn and accept God's spirit within; an animal cannot.

    But that does not mean that an animal isn't important. The care of every living breathing thing should be important to us, because as they go, so shall we one day go.

    Nothing lasts forever except the spiritual eternal life granted to those who believe in God and receive His gift of holy spirit within.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 13, 2009

    JAT - "WRAL has free ads you can post; run an ad in the newspaper; Craigslist is free."

    Been there, done that - neither works well for cats.

    "She didn't try to hard to find a better home for these cats."

    "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get." Matthew 7 - read it yourself for the verse numbers

    You don't know what this woman tried or didn't try, so stop judging her.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 13, 2009

    AX - "...the guy in Apex a while back was charged for all of the animals he had, why not her?"

    Because the animals (goats and sheep, I believe) of the guy in Apex were penned, and once the fodder within the pen was gone, he didn't let them out to forage on their own.

    The bulk of these were stray cats that wandered the neighborhood and yard. This woman just happened to put out food for them to try to help them out.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 13, 2009

    JAT -

    And another thing, there's nothing in the story that says all 65 cats were living inside the house.

    It says they were wandering about the yard and in the road.

    Many of these were neighborhood strays that this woman just set food out for. She tried to find them homes, but failed; she tried to get them to shelters, but the shelters wouldn't take them. She did the best she could for them with the previously stated constraints.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 13, 2009

    JAT - "You can get free or very low cost spay/neuter several times a year at various places."

    There's another thing you obviously know nothing about.

    We have NEVER been able to get a cat spayed for free. The counties now even make you pay for their rabies shots.

    While this is understandable, it's folks like you who think we're taking the easy or lazy or insane way out when we try to help these critters in a humane way because we don't believe dead is better like some who claim to be animal advocates have said.

    We believe alive and well and respected and loved is better, and we believe every living thing, whether human or animal deserves that.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 13, 2009

    JAT - "All she had to do was SELL the dang cats or GIVE them away!!!"


    We shelter unwanted animals and have yet to be able to find a home for an unwanted cat. We end up keeping them and taking care of them until they die, and friend, that ain't cheap.

    But God placed us as caregivers over the animal kingdom, and I'm gona do my darndest to honor that charge, whether other people ever get it or not.

    God bless.