Community Helps Wyoming County Cats

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM EDT

(Erie County, NY) Hundreds of cats found living in deplorable conditions in Wyoming County have now found new homes.

On February 15th, New York State Police raided the Wyoming County SPCA.

Inside they found 518 cats living in crowded quarters.

Conditions in the facility were described as "horrific" by SPCA staffers from Erie County, with urine and feces on the walls, and even on the ceiling.

The cats were turned over to the Erie County SPCA which reports that most of the felines have found new homes.

"Those cats have been distributed all over New York State and Pennsylvania to 22 different animal organizations," says Barbara Carr, Executive Director of the Erie County SPCA.

80 available cats remaining at the Erie County SPCA were adopted this past weekend, along with several others.

"I should never have doubted for one second the wonderful people who live in this community," adds Carr.

However, care for the 518 cats has cost between $30,000 and $40,000.

"It is definitely taxing our resources. Again, I'm going to be hoping that the community steps up to support us, not just by adopting, but by increasing their donation."

10 cats from Wyoming County are still being treated for health conditions before being put up for adoption, or moved to a SPCA barn location.