Idaho Humane Society was granted custody to dozens of cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Boise.
According to the Idaho Humane Society, these cats were languishing in a cramped and disease-filled place. They rescued the cats and kittens on July 15-16 from the Super 8 Motel off Vista Road and have been caring for them since.
At first, there were 59 cats and the number has grown to 77; many of the cats were pregnant and began having babies at the shelter. Nine cats had died or were euthanized due to medical conditions.
The judge overseeing the case last week granted custody of the cats and kittens to the Idaho Humane Society due to a bond forfeiture. The Idaho Humane Society said it had spent $29,684 caring for the cats. While the defendant, Heather Hawking, is responsible for repaying the Idaho Humane Society restitution for the feeding, medical care, and housing of the cats, historically the Idaho Humane Society has never received any compensation.
The hoarding case is still pending in court.