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Rescued cats up for adoption

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Photographs provided by the Hawaiian Humane Society show a room filthy with feces from 45 cats two sisters kept in their Mililani apartment.

The animals were desperate for the basics of life.

"There was no water that was available for the cats so they were somewhat dehydrated and had gotten to the point of having to drink urine in order to keep some hydration," Humane Society Executive Director Pam Burns said.

Friday, Humane Society animal agents rescued the cats, gave them food and water, and removed them from the home to tend to their health.

"Some of them had upper respiratory infections that need to be treated," Burns said.

The cat's owners surrendered the animals and were issued 45 cruelty warnings.

The cats are in temporary housing, waiting for new homes.

"They have been evaluated by our veterinary staff," Burns said. "We have sixteen that are right now available for adoption in our cat house."

Burns said only a handful of the cats will be placed in foster care for health reasons. The others are either ready for adoption or are close to it.

As for the sisters who kept the cats, Burns said they may have meant well but it's a lesson for all pet owners who take on too many pets.

"Loving them is not enough. You need to provide them with care, with food, with veterinary care when they need it so that it doesn't get out of hand and animal cruelty is not the result," she said.

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