Calling it "unprecedented," officials with the Animal Rescue League of Boston announced Tuesday that they removed a total of 112 animals from three different hoarding situations around Massachusetts during the month of August, with more than 60 cats rescued from one property alone.
Almost 40 cats are still being treated for infections, including ringworm, which requires veterinary staff and volunteers to don haz-mat suits, gloves and masks as safety precautions.
Staffers even set up a "MASH"-style outdoor unit outside of the ARL's Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center where a veterinarian and staff were able to examine cats, perform spay/neutering operations and give the animals medications for fleas and ringworm.
"Performing these surgeries in a tent isn't exactly unorthodox, but it does present challenges," Dr. Kyle Quigley said.
The animals came from locations in central and southeastern Massachusetts. The owners cooperated with the ARL staff, according to officials.
Although some of the animals that were surrendered in August have new forever homes, many still need to be adopted. Click here to learn more about the cats and dogs available for adoption at the ARL of Boston.