June 18, 2018
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Shelter asks for help caring for more than 30 cats taken from southern Maine home

By Kendall Salter, Foster's Daily Democrat

BERWICK, Maine — A Berwick animal shelter is looking for volunteers to help foster more than 30 cats that reportedly were seized from the home of a Berwick woman on Saturday morning.

Peg Wheeler, who runs Red Barn Professional Pet Services, said she will have to pay out of pocket for the care of dozens of rescued cats and she needs help from volunteers.

According to Bill Kelloway of the South Berwick Police Department, police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a large number of cats coming in and out of a residence on River Street. Once inside, police reportedly found between 30 and 40 cats living in the home.

“The house was in complete disarray,” said Kelloway, who serves as Berwick’s animal control officer. “It’s like a colony.”

Wheeler, who said she has been using her store as an animal shelter since 2003, said this was one of the worst incidents she has seen.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Wheeler said. “This is bad. We don’t normally ask for money, but we are looking for contributions to deal with this event.”

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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