No-kill cat sanctuary in Lake County under investigation

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CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio–  Humane officers were called to investigate the Caroline’s Kids pet shelter on Morley Road in Concord Township,  According to Lee Nesler with the Lake Humane Society.

“Our humane agent, LeeAnn Pike, received a call that the cats in the facility were sick,” said Nesler.

Humane officers found a total of 262 cats living in open cages.

“Many of the cats had respiratory problems, many of the cats severe dental disease which is very painful for the cat,” said Nesler.

Humane officers seized 133 cats Monday and Tuesday.

“We took the ones that we felt needed us the most and brought those ones first. And then the second ones came back. Now we are triaging them, treating them and getting them the help that they need,” said Nesler.

“The allegations are unfounded. Anyone who knows me and knows the sanctuary knows the allegations are unfounded,” Judy Brown, founder of Caroline’s Kids, said in a statement.

Caroline’s Kids has filed a lawsuit against Lake Humane Society.

Meantime, the seized cats will remain in the humane society’s custody until the prosecutor decides if Brown will be charged with animal cruelty.

The humane society says they have now doubled the amount of cats in their care. They are asking the public for cat supplies and monetary donations.

**Editor’s note: This story was updated on Feb. 14, 2017, to include Caroline’s Kids has filed a lawsuit against Lake Humane Society.**

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