PAYNE COUNTY – Neighbors say it’s a feline nightmare.
A Payne County home – overrun with cats.
The Cushing homeowner says she wants to find homes for her cats, but doesn’t have the money to spay or neuter them in the meantime.
We saw many that appeared to be unhealthy.
“Every year they breed,” neighbor Chad Taber said. “Just like cockroaches. So they just keep breeding and breeding.”
Taber doesn’t have to look across the street to know his neighbor’s cats are multiplying every year.
He can smell them.
“The smell in the neighborhood is just horrendous,” he said. “It smells like cat pee. Just straight fecal matter and cat pee in the summertime when it gets hot.”
Taber thinks there are close to 50 cats living there.
The homeowner, Kimberly, told us there are only about 25.
“All of them that I have are pets,” she said. “I can walk out and they’re going to be all over me. You know, ‘pet me, pet me!'”
Kimberly didn’t want her face on camera, but admitted she’s well aware of the Cushing city ordinance that prohibits anyone to have more than two pets.
We asked her if she even cared.
“No,” she replied. “Not if it’s going to save their life.”
Kimberly says she won’t let the one and only animal control officer to take away any of them.
That’s because the city has reportedly used carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize cats.
When we asked that city employee how they euthanized animals, he replied “we don’t need to go there.”
Kimberly says her love for her cats is greater than her concern for her health and her mom’s health in that home.
“If it comes to it,” she said, “I’ll stand up for them before I’ll stand up for myself. I’m just that way. I’m sorry.”
Terri Grove, President of the Cimarron Valley Humane Society in Cushing, said one possible solution relies on funding.
They still need to raise $200,000 to build a Cushing shelter for feral cats.
“It’s hard for those of us that work and take care of animals to do the fundraising as well,” Grove said.
She said they’re looking for donors and volunteers.
The Oklahoma City Animal Welfare division recommends calling the National Humane Society to contact feral cat resources.
State law says living conditions define whether or not an animal hoarding situation is “animal cruelty” – a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine per incident.