Shooting leads police to home where over 70 cats were living in squalor

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On December 8, officers with the Kensington Police Department instigated an investigation after a man went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. After speaking to the man, it was determined that the shooting was accidental; a rifle had fallen and discharged while the man was cleaning it. Officers also went to the man’s home where they discovered a residence that was overrun with dozens of cats who were living in squalor.

In a news release, Kensington Police Chief Scott Cain said:

There was an overwhelming odor coming from inside the residence. It was discovered (the) inside was completely covered in feline feces and urine.”

The house was declared uninhabitable and when all was said and done, more than 70 cats were found and relocated from the residence to a local animal shelter.

The New Hampshire SPCA has taken all of the felines into its care. In a release, Steve Sprowl, Field Services Manager, said:

“The cats were living in a home that was clearly overrun. The condition of the cats has not been determined as yet. Our veterinarian will be evaluating them all over the next few days.”

The cats’ owner may face charges depending on what the veterinary exams reveal about the cats who had been in his care. Anyone who would like to support the shelter can do so by making a contribution to the SOS FUND by going to A direct link to the SOS Fund . Gifts to the SOS Fund can also be made by phone at 603-772-2921 x 102 or by mail: New Hampshire SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.

(Images via New Hampshire SPCA FB page)

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