Neighbors relieved after rescue of 21 cats from Ludlow home

Hampden County

Ludlow Police rescued nearly two dozen abandoned cats from a home over the weekend. 

Neighbors told 22News they are glad the cats are safe and under MSPCA care, but they don’t understand why it took so long for law enforcement to take action. 

Twenty-one cats were rescued from this abandoned home on West Street in Ludlow Saturday. Ludlow Police Lt. Daniel Valadas told 22News the cats were living in “uninhabitable conditions.” 

Of the 21 cats that were rescued out of this home, several of them were found in very poor health, but all of them were still alive. Neighbors told us no one had been living here since last May.  

“Finally, something has been done,” said Fran Dygon, a next-door neighbor. “And it took the MSPCA to come and look at it and they were the ones who notified the police.” 

Signs were posted on the front door and window, that said “Danger: this structure is unsafe for human use.” Hoarding animals is considered a psychological disorder. 

“Some people when they come into contact with cats, it might be very painful to let go to them, because they become attached to them and that corresponds to the fear,” said Dr. Barry Sarvet, a psychiatrist at Baystate Medical Center. 

Neighbors said they tried to tell the Ludlow Board of Health about the cats. 

“I’m absolutely blown away it’s taken this long because the town has been fully aware of it the board of health has been fully aware of it,” said Justin Peritore, another neighbor. “There is plenty of documentation held by the board of health.” 

Board of Health Chair Elinor Kelliher told 22News they didn’t know about the cats at the home on West Street until police found them Saturday. 

The cats are being treated at the MSPCA’s Animal Care and Adoption Center in Boston.

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