110 cats abandoned by flood victims

Friday, 30 December 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 52 By  Patcharapol Panrak

The Royal Thai Navy is looking for the owners of more than 100 cats left by flood victims at its animal shelter, many of which are now sick and dying.

A volunteer group called “A Call to Animal Life” dropped the 110 felines at the Air and Coastal Defense Command’s Dogs and Cats Care Center in Sattahip last month by victims displaced by flooding in Bangkok.

Feeding time for some of the 110 cats abandoned by flood victims. Feeding time for some of the 110 cats abandoned by flood victims.

Outbreaks of deadly feline cancer and skin diseases are now ravaging the cat population, with many of the felines already having died. Navy officials are calling on the volunteer group or former flood evacuees to claim the animals.

Wanna Somroppdee, one of the volunteers caring for the animals, said the shelter is unable to care for the cats long-term and that disease is spreading.

Navy spokesman Vice Adm. Narit Pichitlothorn said the shelter has now been closed to new arrivals and has offered to move all the remaining felines back to Bangkok via truck.

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