It's crunch time for cat rescue groups around the country.
As rescues and shelters struggle to find homes for countless litters of kittens being born now, cruelty officers are dealing with another springtime ritual: cracking down on hoarders.
For the second time in a week, the Pennsylvania SPCA is rescuing numerous cats from an animal hoarding situation.
Humane law enforcement officers are onsite at this hour at a row house in the 2000 Block of Margaret St. in the Bridesburg section of the Philadelphia, the PSPCA said in a statement.
Seventeen cats have been rescued so far and officers continue to inspect the house which is filled with debris.
Officers are interviewing the suspected owner, the group said.
On June 12, the PSPCA executed a search warrant and rescued 14 cats and removed two dead cats from a property on the 7000 block of Sprague Street in the city’s East Mt. Airy neighborhood.
The owner of that property was cited for animal cruelty
"Summer is typically a time when we begin to see a lot of hoarders," said George Bengal, director of humane law enforcement for the PSPCA. "With warmer temperatures odors and insect infestations that often accompany hoarding situations become more apparent. Thankfully we will be able to get these animals in a healthier situation."
The intake of 31 more cats will put additional pressure on limited kennel space at the PSPCA. If you can can open your home to a cat or better yet a pair - or help ease overcrowding by fostering visit the PSPCA's website. Learn more about fostering here.