MSPCA-Angell Rescues Nearly 30 Fancy Cats from Backyard Breeding Operation

January 6, 2012

Boston, Mass., Jan. 6, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement team move swiftly today to rescued 28 fancy cats—as well as three hens and a rooster—from a backyard breeding operation in Western Massachusetts.  The animals were surrendered to MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Christine Allenberg and several members of the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center.  All of the animals are now at the MSPCA-Angell in Boston where they are undergoing veterinary evaluation and treatment.

A Breeding Operation Gone Bad

All of the animals are expected to survive, and ultimately put up for adoption.  They are all relatively healthy despite the conditions in which they were kept.  All of the cats were housed in a backyard shed and while some had limited access to the outside, most were confined to small filthy cages.  They were caked in feces and urine and, because the breeding operation has a history of ringworm outbreaks, all are undergoing a sulfur lime dip to kill any ringworm spores they may be carrying.  They will then be spayed, vaccinated and tested for feline leukemia prior to moving onto the adoption floor.  The three hens and one rooster are healthy and they will be transported to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm where they will be housed with other fowl until they can be adopted into permanent homes.

 MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center Manager Alyssa Muro treats one of the cats

Said Officer Allenberg about the seizure: “We’re glad to have gotten to this property when we did because all of these animals were living under deplorable conditions.  [The owner] was incredibly cooperative and admitted that the situation escalated beyond control and she could no longer care for the animals.  The owner’s cooperation meant that we were able to very quickly transport the animals to Boston to receive the veterinary care they urgently need.”

The MSPCA-Angell has established a donation page for any members of the public who wish to donate toward the care of the animals, and others like them.  With over 30 animals in need of diagnostics, immunizations and spay/neuter surgery its expected the MSPCA-Angell will spend thousands of dollars to ensure they all have an opportunity to find new homes.

For more information or to inquire about how to adopt members of the public can visit or call 617-522-5055.



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit