46 cats rescued from Sentul apartment

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Oct 2017: 

A total of 46 cats were rescued yesterday by a police team – who found them locked and neglected in an apartment in Bandar Baru Sentul here – following a complaint lodged by a cat caring club, which suspected that a man had exploited the cats to make money.

Sahabat Kucing Jalanan chairman Mohd Rosli Mohd Ariffin said he and a group of people suspected  the unemployed man had used his Facebook account to solicit for financial contributions – purportedly to buy cat food and the treatment of his sick cats.

Subsequently, Mohd Rosli lodged a police report at the Sentul Police Station.

He and his friends, together with a police team, went to the 41-year-old man’s house at about 11.45am and found all the neglected cats in cages in several rooms.

“It was very sad to see the cats being locked in small cages in the kitchen of the house and the cats were not looked after and were smelly. Almost all the cats were infected with ‘Sporo’ and were sick.”

The sickness Sporotrichosis or known as “Sporo”, he said, was caused by fungus from the surrounding area, plants and animal species.

Mohd Rosli said the owner of the cats uploaded the status and videos of his cats for the past several months in the Facebook website concerning cats and appealed for financial help.

A netizen who had also suspected the man’s activities had stated in a Facebook column that the man was a ‘fraud’  for having 23 Facebook accounts and was using them to ‘sell’ stories about his cats.

Checks found areas outside and inside the second-floor unit of the four-storey apartment were littered with rubbish, while electrical wires and a heap of cables were found scattered in the lounge of the apartment unit.

Police took about 15 minutes to persuade the man to surrender the cats.

Meanwhile, the man claimed to love all his cats and had no time to clean the house since his mother died last April.

He said he had been looking after the cats for the past several years and the number of cats, which had been keeping him company since his mother died, had increased.

“My house is small…I have no other place to keep the cats. I did not abuse them, it’s just that I could not afford to provide treatment for the sick cats as I had no money,” he said, adding that this made him depend on public contributions to maintain the cats.

Another male neighbour said there were neighbours who had previously complained to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall on the condition of the apartment because they could not stand the stench coming from the apartment.

Kelab Pencinta Kuching Malaysia member Datuk Leen Mustafa, 38, said some of the cats rescued were now being placed temporarily at a shop that provided ‘cat hotel’ services.

Kelab Sahabat Kucing Jalanan had sought assistance to treat the cats that were sickly, she said. “We are collecting funds to pay for the cost of treatment for the cats.”

Members of the public wishing to make financial contributions could contact Kelab Pencinta Kuching via Leen at telephone number 019-3999962.

– Bernama

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