Dozens of Cats Found Abandoned in Southwick Field
SOUTHWICK, Mass (WGGB) — An investigation is underway after nearly 40 cats were dumped in Southwick woods and left to die last weekend. Many of the felines were suffering from major health issues, and are now being cared for by the Westfield Homeless Cat Project.
“Most of them were starving. They were awfully thin,” Denise Sinico said. “You know we have been bringing them back and forth to the vet to get help.”
Sinico was called after a property owner made the discovery last weekend, now the cats are being cared for in cages in several rooms of her own home. Some of the cats are pure bred Siamese and Snow Shoe Siamese, some are pregnant, none are spayed or neutered, and many are emaciated.
“It was sad because somebody left them in an apartment and then whoever was doing the maintenance there or the work there just simply took them out of there and dumped them in that field, and we don’t know how long they’ve been without food,” Sinico said.
While there’s 35 cats already in Sinico’s home, she says there is a good chance there’s more cats out in the rural Southwick area off of Hillside Road that rescuers are still trying to find. If successful, volunteers with the Westfield Homeless Cat Project will also care for those cats. Sinico says the whole ordeal could have been avoided with a simple phone call, even anonymously, for help.
“It’s disturbing,” she said. “It’s just sad that people would do this to an animal. And I see the end result, you know it’s sad.”
The MSPCA is investigating the incident. Sinico says they save just about every cat they take in.
These cats, and several more that Sinico was already caring for will eventually be put up for adoption. First, they must get all their shots, get well fed, and get back on their feet.
For more information or to help out, head to https://www.facebook.com/westfieldhomelesscatprojectadoptions