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Dozens of cats, other animals taken from Antioch houses

ANTIOCH — Police are investigating separate cases involving dozens of animals — mostly cats, but also dogs, ducks, rabbits, doves and a rooster — discovered in two houses, for which animal advocates are working to find new homes.
In a news release late Friday afternoon, police Sgt. Shawn Morin said that at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters asked police to come to a house in 1800 block of Terrace Drive, just off East 18th Street, in which there were approximately 50 cats. The residents there worked with Animal Control officers to round up 46 cats from that house, and have tried to trap a handful that were not caught.
Then, at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to a home in the residence in the 900 block of Barnsley Court, off G Street, to make a welfare check on animals reported inside the house. Officers discovered numerous cats, dogs, ducks, rabbits, doves and a rooster in the house there; animal control officers were called in, and they, along with the house’s residents, collected 27 of the animals. Animal Control officers returned Friday and trapped two more cats; as of Friday afternoon, there were about a dozen cats left in the house, Morin said.
Both incidents are still under investigation.
The animals from both houses were brought to the Antioch Animal Shelter, and Animal Control officers are working with local rescues to find homes for all of the animals. Anyone interested in fostering or adopting any of these animals ca call Antioch Animal Services at 925-779-6989 or email Animal Services Supervisor Monika Helgemo at mhelgemo@ci.antioch.ca.us.
 

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