A woman on the Reykjanes peninsula has been told she must get rid of more than 50 cats and several dogs in her home by the end of the week, RÚV reports. There were more than 100 cats in the home this spring. An organization called Wild Cats (Villikettir) has already removed 57 malnourished and ill cats from the home.
The women in charge of the animal protection group Wild Cats received a phone call from a woman asking for help. She turned out to be in possession of more than 100 cats and several dogs in her home. Conditions for the pets were dismal; many of the animals were very hungry and ill, and the floors were covered in animal feces and dirt.
The women from Wild Cats removed more than 50 cats from the home, nursed them, found homes for some, while others didn’t survive.
Veterinarians from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority told RÚV they inspected the home the middle of May after receiving a tip about the severe conditions. At the time, there were several dozen cats in the home, but the veterinarians didn’t deem their condition severe enough to warrant an intervention. The woman was given extra time to get rid of the cats, but the veterinarians will inspect her home again this weekend. Any remaining cats will be given a new home or put to sleep.