Approximately 350 cats were found on two separate properties in Brisbane that are now going to have to find new homes. RSPCA inspectors were tipped off that a large number of cats were being kept on these properties, according to a RSPCA Queensland spokesman. After the tip-off, RSPCA inspectors and Brisbane City Council officers jumped in to investigate and discovered the extreme number of cats on two separate properties owned by a Brisbane woman who is now being forced to re-home them.
One property was found to be house 150 cats, while a neighboring property at Belmont, she housed another 200. The law only allows for three cats per property unless you have a permit, which the cat owner did not have. Despite the extreme number of felines found, it was discovered that the cats were being well-cared for. It has been said that the properties did have cat-boarding facilities at each location, along with enclosed exercise space for the cats.
According to a BCC spokesman, the Council was aware that the Brisbane woman was keeping this large number of cats, and that she did not have a permit to house them. Questions have been asked to the Council about the woman’s charges and the action that would be taken against her, however, the Council refused to answer any questions about the repercussions she would be facing.
The cat owner of the cats is unknown, as she has refused to be identified, but she has said that she had been trying to decrease the number of cats she had at each property. She has also said that she took very good care of the cats, and even named the kind of food she was feeding them, Royal Canin food.
The cats are now for sale. The Brisbane woman is actively trying to sell the cats and find new owners for each one, and as she works on relocating the cats to new homes, she feels certain that the Council is going to allow her adequate time to get them all rehomed without forcing her to euthanize any. In the effort to sale the cats, the owner is placing advertisements on a popular pet products website.
According to the RSPCA, they have now closed the investigation. They have said that there is nothing more that they can do, due to the fact that they do not, and cannot act on numbers of animals, only if there is animal abuse or cruelty involved, which apparently, this was not one of those types of situations. The welfare of the animals was not in question.