NORTH ATTLEBORO - A North Attleboro man says he was just trying to help after more than 70 cats were taken from an off the books
rescue operation he was running from his home.
The Fales Road Feline Rescue used to be located inside the Fales Rd. home of Anthony Walton. But now all the crates are empty.
Walton says his rescue operations just got out of hand.
"There were a lot of cats and mommy kittens we were pulling
off the street that had no place to go, apparently people who are losing their
homes don't have a space for their cats, so we literally rescued a couple cats
that were living in cars with people who were homeless," said Walton.
But with many different cats from all walks of life it wasn't long before disease began to spread.
"Many were confirmed positive for ringworm and upper
respiratory infections. Most of them were able to be treated and have been
moved along to registered shelters and rescues where they will be offered up
for adoption," said Krista Selmi, DAR spokeswoman.
But a number of sick cats also had to be put down after
being taken from the shelter.
"It takes a big piece out of your heart," said Walton.
And now Walton is facing legal troubles. The feline rescue was in violation of a local town permit, and was never registered with the state.
"There's a whole bunch of fines to pay to clear that. And
whether we recover and go back into rescuing kitties I don't know," said Walton.
Both the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center in
Springfield, and the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg, assisted
by taking some of the cats and providing veterinary care. The cats are now there and will be available for adoption from both sites.