Sunday Cats: Hoarders In Buddyland, Alleged Dallas Zoo Thief Nabbed, P-22 Remembered

When police went to a Yorktown, NY, home for a welfare check this week, the last thing they expected was to find an army of cats.

The responding officers breached the home when no one answered, finding an elderly couple deceased inside, along with some 150 hungry, neglected cats. Police don’t believe there was foul play in the death of the couple, but the number of cats and the condition of the home have “hindered” their investigation.

The Westchester County SPCA is taking on the monumental task of collecting the cats, giving each of them veterinary care and finding homes for them. Staff there are calling it the largest single rescue in their history, and they’d already filled their own facilities and local shelters to capacity by the time they’d rescued 100 of the famished felines, leaving them scrambling for room to place the others. Some have upper respiratory, eye and skin infections, the SPCA said, while most of the cats were malnourished and dehydrated.

Despite living in conditions police described as “filth and squalor,” the cats are well-socialized and friendly, rescuers say. They believe the husband and wife may have been Abyssinian breeders at some point.

“It’s very unusual in a case like this, especially with that number of cats, for them to be as social and sweet as they are, usually they are scared when they come from a situation like this because they haven’t had a lot of human interaction,” the SPCA of Westchester’s Lisa Bonnano told the New York Post.

Yorktown is about 28 miles north of Casa Buddy, and we can vouch for the excellent work done by the Westchester County SPCA, whose veterinarians gave kitten Buddy his first shots and gave him the snip.

Veterinary costs alone are expected to exceed $40,000, so if you’d like to help, you can make a donation here.

Alleged Dallas Zoo thief nabbed

When 24-year-old Davion Irvin stopped an employee at the Dallas World Aquarium to ask about exotic animals there, the staffer recognized him as the same man pictured in a surveillance still from the Dallas Zoo.

Police released the image to the public after three separate enclosures at the zoo were breached, leading to the brief disappearance of a spotted leopard on Jan. 13 and the theft of two emperor tamarin monkeys about two weeks later. The langur monkey exhibit was also breached, but the animals were not removed.

After the aquarium’s staff tipped them off, cops caught up to Irvin a few miles away and have since linked him to all three break-ins. They charged him with two counts of burglary — for the monkeys and the leopard — and six counts of animal cruelty. They’re also looking into whether Irvin may have been involved with the “very suspicious” death of an endangered lappet-faced vulture on Jan. 21.

Cops, who initially suspected the thief was looking for exotic animals to breed or sell, have said Irvin hasn’t told them why he wanted the primates and the medium size cats. Their investigation is ongoing.

Thousands say goodbye to P-22

More than six thousand people crowded into The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday to say goodbye to P-22, the Hollywood Lion, a puma who made the hills above the city his home for more than a decade.

One of several new murals of beloved mountain lion P-22, who was euthanized in December after he was hit by a car and suffering from an infection.

People spoke about seeing his curious face pop up on their doorball cameras, spotting him disappearing into the trees in Griffith Park, and how his presence piqued the curiosity of many people who took the time to learn more about mountain lions.

But the unofficial theme of the event was how P-22 showed people humans and wildlife can co-exist, and how our species can do a lot more to make sure the animals we share the Earth with will survive in the future. One woman told LAist that before she learned about P-22, she “used to think they were scary” and aggressive like the big cats they’re often confused with.

Others said he inspired them to get directly involved with conservation efforts.

“We are wildlife. We are creatures of nature, just as all the animals and plants are,” archaeologist Desireé Martinez, a member of the indigenous Gabrielino-Tongva tribe, told KTLA. “What can we do to make sure that the creatures that we are sharing this nature with have the ability to survive and live on — just like us?”

P-22’s unforgettable visage, already familiar to Los Angelinos, is now ubiquitous in his former range, with several murals adorning the sides of buildings and other displays bearing his image.

“He inspired so much happiness. I mean, look at all the people that are here,” Babetta Gonzalez told LAist. “We have to remember that we are in their neighborhood and we need to respect their environment. We have integrated, but we could do a lot better.”

8 thoughts on “Sunday Cats: Hoarders In Buddyland, Alleged Dallas Zoo Thief Nabbed, P-22 Remembered”

  1. Donation made to Westchester County SPCA. This is terrible , but at least many of the felines are now safe and hopefully will be loved and re-homed

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    1. You’re awesome, John! I have hope, given what they said about the cats being well-socialized, that they will find homes. The local SPCA staff was very good with Buddy the times I brought him in for veterinary stuff, and not only is their shelter no-kill, but they work only with other no-kill shelters.

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    2. Yes. Wonderful! Breeding should be outlawed. These cats are very lucky. In hoarding situations most cats are killed in shelters because of no room or feral.

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  2. All too familiar with cat hoarders. Most cats are killed while pos humans go on thier merry way. This is how i got my colony of ferals nearby. I took over when feeder had to leave state. All ferals passed away one way or another.

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  3. Very glad the Zoo their was apprehended before he could steal more exotic animals.
    Thats a LOT of cats to have in one home, good to know they were rescued, are receiving medical treatment and will go up for adoption. The CA Puma known as P-22 was a legend in his own time.

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  4. 150 Kitties inn oen house?? Mee-yow wow!!! Wee so sorry that their Peepss passed away… to think no one new at ferst…..
    BellaSita Mum wurriess that will happen to her an mee wuud eat her arm!! (Silly BellaSita; mee go fore her meety thigh!)
    An Mistur Davion can go to H*LL-O Kitty JAIL!! What a meen purrson an if hee killed THE Vulture mee will bee furry **Hissy**……Vulturess have ritess two!
    An now to P-22~~~what a lovelee sirvice fore him. May his spirit run free safe inn Purr Land fur ever Buddy an Big Buddy!
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an (((hugss))) BellaSita Mum

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  5. Very sad about Hollywood Lion. They should have put their effort into taking better care of him, instead of all this babbling at his funeral. He should be alive and well. Why didn’t he have vet checks? They should have taken care of the alleged “infection”. I am sad. Goodbye P-22. You’re a wonderful kitty.

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