Officers remove 260 cats from NE Phila. property


Humane police officers with the Pennsylvania SPCA are removing hundreds of cats from a property in North Philadelphia this morning.

Earlier today officers executed a warrant to remove more than 260 felines from "unsanitary confinement" at a property in the 1600 block of Filmore Street.

"This is a sad situation involving a woman who wanted to help animals but got in over her head and couldn’t provide the care this number of cats requires,” said  Jerry Buckley, the PSPCA's chief executive officer. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure the well-being of these cats.”

PSPCA is transporting the cats to its Erie Avenue headquarters for veterinary exams, treatment, and shelter.

The goal is to find the cats good homes once the shelter obtains legal custody of them, the PSPCA said.

PSPCA is the largest no-kill animal shelter in Pennsylvania and cares for between 400 and 500 animals at any given time.

To handle the huge influx ofl cats, PSPCA said it created a temporary cat shelter onsite with cat carriers and other supplies donated by PetSmart Charities.