13 deceased animals and 6 cats were found in unairconditioned, abandoned apartment:
Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce's members Houston Police Department Major Offenders Animal Cruelty Unit, BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions, and Houston Humane Society, rescued 6 Abandoned Cats from Sweltering Houston Apartment and Urges Community Intervention for Pets in Life-Threatening Heat. Those cats were in an unairconditioned, abandoned apartment.
The rescue took place after days of hazardous 100+ degree temperatures in the area.
Unfortunately, 12 deceased cats and 1 deceased dog were found in the vacant residence with the surviving cats. Upon arrival at the HHS, veterinary staff observed the surviving cats to be dehydrated and emaciated, with a significant infestation of fleas and a strong odor of urine and feces on their coats.
HHS urges citizens concerned about an animal in danger to request an animal wellness check from their partners at Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce by filing a report at www.927paws.org or calling 832-927-PAWS(7297).
HHS reminds all area residents that prolonged exposure to the current heat conditions is dangerous for pets, just as it is for people. Deadly situations for pets during extreme heat include being abandoned indoors without air conditioning or being unsupervised and tethered outdoors.
It is a crime in the state of Texas to leave pets outside without water or shelter in extreme temperatures. For more information on supportive programs and services available through the Houston Humane Society, visit www.houstonhumane.org.