MSPCA-Angell Rescues Nearly 80 Cats from Fall River Home, Now Need New Homes

Fifty-four cats are safe after they were removed from a hoarding house in Fall River on Tuesday and transported to the MSPCA-Angell’s animal care and adoption centers in Centerville, Mass., the organization announced on Wednesday. The cats were voluntarily surrendered by their previous owner, who reached out to MSPCA Law Enforcement officer Chelsea Weiand last week after the number of cats in his home ballooned to nearly 80 and he could no longer care for them. A total of 78 cats were removed, with the Fall River Animal Control facility taking in 24. “This was a case in which someone was overwhelmed and did the right thing by asking for help,” said Weiand. No charges have been filed against the previous owner, whose identity has not been released.

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Boston City Council Passes Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits; Mayor Expected to Support Ban

The Boston City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores in Boston. Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley proposed the law that would also prohibit the sale of animals in public parks and city streets. Mayor Walsh is expected to sign the ordinance, according to Andrew Ryan of the Boston Globe, and the ban on sales in public parks and city streets will then take immediate effect.  The ban of selling dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores will take effect on Dec. 31, 2017. This bill is deemed the Puppy Mill Bill to prevent the sale of puppies and kittens in stores.

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