Moore Humane Society was recently contacted about numerous animals that had been abandoned for several months at the Riverbend subdivision in Vass. When we arrived at the property, we were disgusted by the condition of the property and sickened by the smell of urine and feces. The first sign of life was a Golden Retriever mix puppy who was hiding under the abandoned trailer. Driven by hunger, the shy puppy tenatively came to us when we offered him some food.
As we approached the trailer, the stench became unbearable. When we opened the trailer door, a few cats came running to greet us. Other cats seemed to freeze in place and still more darted about looking for a hiding place. Once we were able to reassure them that we meant them no harm and provided them with food and water, they became more relaxed and one by one they began approaching us. As we looked around, the full impact of our surroundings hit us. It was inconceivable that someone’s pets would be forced to live in such abhorrent conditions, much less humans. Beneath our feet, the floor appeared to be moving as swarming ants covered the floor. To our horror, we found decomposing kittens that were being consumed by ants. As we searched the abandoned trailer, more cats came out from behind all of the debris. There were piles of feces everywhere, including bathtubs that were completely filled. The floor was soaked with urine and so rotten in places that we had to catch ourselves from falling through. Inside and outside of the trailer it looked like a miniature landfill. When we were leaving, we noticed animal skulls and bones around the property.
We rescued one puppy and a total of eleven cats and kittens from the abandoned trailer. The puppy, Marley, has already been adopted to a wonderful home. Nine of the cats have been completely vetted and are ready for adoption. One of the cats, Figaro, had to have an eye removed. Two tiny kittens that were covered with ants and near death are now safe and healthy due to the foster care they are receiving.
Photos of the rescue can be viewed here but please be aware that some of the photos may be disturbing to some viewers.