Rescue group: 80 cats taken from Roseville home

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

An animal rescue group is seeking donations to help tend to some 80 cats taken from a Roseville home this week.

“We are looking to raise funds to help pay for the cost of medical care for the 80 cats that were in the home of an 87 year old woman,” Hopeful Heart Rescue representatives wrote on the YouCaring crowdfunding website.

In a message on Hopeful Heart Rescue’s Facebook page Thursday, officials said another group, Guardians For Animals, was helping pay “the first of our many veterinary bills of over $400, and covering the cost of deworming and flea medications!”

Fleas were sickening “so many” of the felines, the post read. “With this help we are hoping they can now fight their upper repertory infections! A few of our little sweeties had to have an eye removed because of the conditions of the home but are recovering nicely. Now we are looking forward to getting the cats healthy enough to have them spayed and neutered.”

It wasn’t clear how long the cats had been living at the home. The animals left so much waste there, furniture was soaked and a volunteer had to wear a hazmat suit to clean up this week, WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reported.

“When you meet a sweet little 87 year old woman with an amazing sense of humor, generous spirit, and the ability of a 50 year old you would never imagine that she was living with 80 cats,” said Melanie Wittner, founder and director of Hopeful Heart, in a post on YouCaring.