PALO, Iowa (KWWL) – Linn County authorities say twenty cats are now in the care of the Cedar Valley Humane Society following an animal welfare check.
In a release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to assist the Cedar Valley Humane Society at 98 Dale Lee Drive in Palo. It happened Thursday, August 22 around 11:15 a.m.
It was determined the owner did not have the ability to safely care for the large number of cats.
The owner has been identified as Jo Ellen Marconi. She voluntarily surrendered the cats to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
While the sheriff’s office said twenty cats were taken, the humane society estimates it could be even more.
The incident has been reported to the Linn County Health Department, the Department of Human Services and the city of Palo. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.
Humane society officials tell KWWL the cats are being treated for fleas. They said the home had feces and other debris, making it hard for workers to navigate. They have also places live traps to catch any other cats that might still be hiding in the home.