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One of the following photos, toward the bottom of the story, shows a cat whose eye has swollen out of its socket. The photo illustrates the extent of the suffering the cats suffered in the situation, but it is difficult to look at.
68 cats recovered from van
Volunteers are caring for nearly 70 cats recovered from a van in Ontario Sunday.
The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about a bus full of neglected cats Sunday. When a deputy and sergeant arrived at the Freedom Drive address, they found a Ford E350 full of felines.
When volunteers arrived Tuesday to assist with rescue work, they found five dead cats along with the 68 living. There were only three litter boxes on the bus.
“It’s bad enough that we are cleaning one cat box for every three or four or five cats. That’s bad, but that was really horrifying,” said Lyon.
All of the cats are being treated for Giardina, a waterborne parasite. The medication will also kill any worms that might be living in the cats’ intestines.
Many of the cats have lost one eye and a few have lost both eyes due to upper respiratory infections. One small, male cat is waiting for surgery because his eye has swollen out of its socket.