23 cats dumped on Aspen Animal Shelter | AspenTimes.com

23 cats dumped on Aspen Animal Shelter

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThis group of dirty and undernourished kittens is among the felines dumped at the Aspen Animal Shelter Friday night.

ASPEN – An emergency has arisen at the Aspen Animal Shelter, where 23 cats and kittens were dumped near the front door sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, before employees arrived for work.

Shelter director Seth Sachson said it is not known who left the felines in front of the shelter. They were found inside six wooden crates that were not airtight, but did not have extra holes to allow more oxygen, he said.

“The guys got here for work at about 5:45 in the morning and they were in hand-built crates in the parking lot,” he said. “There were 23 cats inside ranging from young, 6-week-old kittens, to adults.”

The crates were lined with Aspen Times newspapers, Sachson said, which gave him the idea to call the newspaper to alert a reporter to the situation.

Sachson said he wants anyone with information about who left the cats behind to come forward. But more importantly, he needs responsible community members to adopt cats that were already housed at the shelter to make room for the newbies.

There is a mix of older cats and kittens, he said, and many of them require medical attention. They aren’t ready for adoption but many of the other cats are, Sachson said. Including the new arrivals, the shelter now has more than 40 cats, he said.

Sachson said he alerted the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office about the incident.

“We’d love to find out where these cats came from,” he said. “We have them and we’re going to give them medical attention and eventually make them adoptable.

“Somebody should be reprimanded for just dumping cats off in the parking lot in crates,” he said, describing them as dirty and malnourished.

Anyone with information about the cat-dumping may contact Sachson by phone at 544-0206 or via email at dogsaspen@sopris.net.


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